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Outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce
FDA, CDC, and state health authorities are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region. Minnesota has one case to date, but we are continuing to investigate additional illnesses.
CDC and FDA are advising that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.
- Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.
- This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
At this time, romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Salinas region has not been implicated in this outbreak investigation. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine, which is voluntarily labeled as “indoor grown,” from any region does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these other sources.
If you have romaine lettuce at home:
- If the packaging has “Salinas” on the label in any form (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it, and throw it away.
- If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
- If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
- Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
If you are buying romaine lettuce at a store:
- If the packaging has “Salinas” on the label in any form (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t buy it.
- If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t buy it.