Chopped Romaine Lettuce Unsafe? Multistate E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Vegetable

Giant Eagle is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce after potential E. coli contamination

Giant Eagle is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce after potential E. coli contamination

But officials advise that consumers, restaurants and retailers should throw out any chopped romaine lettuce that came from the Yuma area.

The outbreak has sickened at least 35 people in 11 states, including 22 people who were hospitalized due to severe food poisoning. That's all the information the USA agency gives in that regard as it adds, "no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified".

Numerous cases so far were contracted from salad mixes used in restaurants, but some cases have been linked to bagged romaine purchased in stores. In most cases, symptoms appear three to four days after the bacteria is ingested. Fresh Foods has recalled salads made with chopped romaine, and Freshway Foods has recalled salads as well. Gieraltowski says the earlier outbreak was never conclusively linked to romaine (although Canadian investigators of the same outbreak issued a romaine recall based on their findings). "The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads", according to the investigation report which also noted there are no reports involving whole heads or hearts of romaine.

Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, decreased urination or presence of blood in the urine, seizures, fatigue, bleeding from the nose and mouth, pallor, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling, high blood pressure, and fever.

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States that have reported people infected with the E. coli strain include Washington, Idaho, Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and MI. Anyone with these symptoms should see a doctor immediately.

Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce. If it is from Yuma, Arizona, or the retailer doesn't know, do not buy it and do not eat it.

Many people prefer romaine to iceberg lettuce, because the romaine has a lot less water and usually lasts much longer in the fridge. We get answers, compensation for our clients who have been injured, and justice through our work. What makes this E.coli strain particularly risky? Please note that class action lawsuits are usually not appropriate for outbreak victims because these types of cases are unique.

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