A warning to avoid potentially E. coli tainted lettuce has been expanded by the Centers for Disease Control.
Previously limited to prepared and chopped romaine lettuce, the CDC now says if you have any romaine lettuce that was grown in or around Yuma, Ariz., throw it away.
The CDC reported that the number of cases of E. coli related to romaine lettuce have grown to 53 cases, 18 new cases this week, and have now been reported in 16 states.
Florida is not among the states listed where an E. coli case has been reported, but Arizona is a major producer of U.S. lettuce, especially in the winter months.
The CDC now advises that all romaine lettuce, chopped, hearts, or whole heads, should be discarded if it cannot be confirmed that it was grown somewhere other than Yuma. Expanding the “do not eat” warning came after a rash of cases in Alaska, the CDC bulletin says.
Of the 53 cases of E. coli, 31 have required hospitalization, five of them for a form of kidney failure.
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