The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) expanded its warning on Yuma-grown chopped romaine to all romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine.
The outbreak has sickened at least 53 people across 16 states. The contaminated romaine lettuce was traced back to Yuma in southwestern Arizona, and the CDC advise the public not to buy or consume romaine lettuce that is from the area or of unknown origin.
Now the CDC is advising consumers, restaurants and retailers to get rid of all romaine lettuce-not just chopped romaine, but also whole heads and hearts of romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing the variety-if they can not confirm the source.
Consumers who do not know the source of any romaine lettuce they may have in their possession should throw it away immediately, even it some of the lettuce has already been eaten and no one has gotten sick.
The CDC said that the investigation is ongoing and that it will provide more information as it becomes available. There have been no deaths reported, and no specific brand of lettuce has been recalled thus far. Previously, the warning applied only to chopped romaine, salads, and salad mixes. The appeal by the CDC goes to the public, retailers, and restaurants.
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