As people across the country get ready for the Thanksgiving meal and salad may be on the menu; you will not want to be serving romaine lettuce.
The Center for Disease Control released a statement today warning people to stay away from romaine lettuce entirely after it was found to be connected to an E.coli outbreak which has hospitalized 13 people.
Thirty-two people from multiple states have been infected with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. Coli If you have recently bought any romaine lettuce you are to throw it away immediately. This includes whole heads of lettuce, hearts of romaine and bags and boxes of precut romaine. If you are unsure if a mixed bag of greens contains romaine lettuce, do not eat it, throw it away according to the CDC.
The agency also advised that you wash and sanitize the drawers or shelves where the lettuce was being stored. People usually become sick within three or four days of consuming the product. The origin of the outbreak is unknown and under investigation. The CDC did not limit the warning to any particular agricultural area.
The Food and Drug Administration also issued a statement today that they are making a special effort to test romaine for contamination across the country.