Romaine lettuce may be source of E. coli outbreak

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-CT

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro D-CT

Authorities state that the cause of this E.coli outbreak is romaine lettuce.

"Even though we can't say with 100% certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. coli outbreak in the USA, a greater degree of caution is appropriate given that romaine lettuce is nearly always consumed raw", said James Rogers, director of food safety and research at Consumer Reports, in a statement.

As it stands, both United States and Canadian governments have yet to initiate an official recall for Romaine lettuce products, but the Canadian government has warned against consuming romaine lettuce, while some groceries in Canada have voluntary pulled the products from their shelves. Romaine lettuce and other leafy greens are not, so they could be the reason behind the outbreak.

Even though the CDC hasn't confirmed a link with romaine lettuce, Consumer Reports is still recommending that people stop eating it until the cause of the outbreak is determined.

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The company told the Chicago Tribune that they are suspending use of romaine indefinitely until the CDC issues more information on the source of the contamination.

"Unfortunately, we have not been able to find common lettuce brands or common stores", Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response and Prevention Branch, told CNN.

United Fresh went on to state that "t$3 his fact makes it very unlikely - even if the outbreak is tied to romaine -that any affected product remains in marketing channels", according to its January 4, 2018 member alert. The CDC and FDA are continuing to investigate the details of this outbreak.

Dr. Mattew Wise, who had examined the investigations from deep tells,"They've done a really thorough job there, and I think that gave us a really good clue to start with".

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When the doctor asked the patients who got diagnosed with E.coli, that what they have in food a week before. Keep on the lookout for the tell-tale signs of the infection: vomiting, nausea, watery (sometimes bloody) diarrhea, abdominal pain, and (potentially) fever.

Do you have any romaine in the house you'll be getting rid of? The type of STEC E. coli in these outbreaks, E. coli O157, is particularly unsafe.

"At this time, there is no ban on romaine lettuce". Check back with us for more updates.

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