E. coli on romaine lettuce! Recently E. coli has been found on romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California.
What is E. coli? E. coli is a dangerous form of bacteria.
Serious illnesses E. coli has caused these serious illnesses:
• bloody diarrhea
• abdominal cramps
• kidney failure
Death E. coli is dangerous. People can die from it.
Most at risk Young children under 5 years old, and older adults are most at risk.
Recovery Most people recover within a week, but not everyone.
Call your doctor! If someone in your family gets sick with these symptoms, call the doctor or go to the ER!
What you can do If you want romaine, keep yourself and your family safe:
• Make sure you look for the name “Salinas” if the romaine lettuce has a label telling where it was grown.
• Throw the Romaine lettuce away if the label says “Salinas.” Some labels have the names of several places where the lettuce may have been grown. If “Salinas” is one of the names listed,” throw it away.
• If the Romaine lettuce has no label telling where it was grown, return it to the market or throw it away.
Which romaine? E. coli can be found on:
• whole heads of romaine
• hearts of romaine
• packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine and “spring mix”
• Caesar salad kits
Recall Markets and restaurants have been told to return the romaine to the growers, but not all have done this.
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