Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce in 11 States, Plus Canada

Well. I’m done with Romaine lettuce.


CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.

  • Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
    • This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
    • If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
    • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
  • Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection:
    • Talk to your healthcare provider.
    • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
    • Report your illness to the health department.
    • Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.

Advice to Clinicians

  • Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli O157 infections. Antibiotics are also not recommended for patients in whom E.coli O157 infection is suspected, until diagnostic testing rules out this infection.
  • Some studies have shown that administering antibiotics to patients with E. coli O157 infections might increase their risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome (a type of kidney failure), and the benefit of antibiotic treatment has not been clearly demonstrated.  MORE

17 Comments on Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce in 11 States, Plus Canada

  1. Well, sure, people will get sick and die, but we need these third world parasites to pick our vegetables because Americans won’t (for sub minimum wage, when welfare pays more).

  2. What is it with lettuce and e-coli?
    This shit happens all the time. Pun…semi-intended.
    Does fecal matter adhere with propense to these plants?

    Do “the undocumented Americans that do the work that American citizens won’t do” wipe their asses with the crops they pick?


  3. So how long has the Romaine been plotting this attack?
    Lettuce just grows e-coli?
    Photosynthesizes it?

    Sort of like blaming the gun in a shooting, isn’t it?

    Don’t get me wrong – I don’t know much about vegetables – maybe they’re evil.

    izlamo delenda est …

  4. When we went to Mexico many years ago we didn’t eat raw veggies the whole week. They water them with their own putrid water. Where did the romaine come from?

    Back to good ol’ iceburg.

  5. Terrorism. Biological weapon.

    This strain of e. Coli is obviously the result of gene splicing, it is a biological weapon with the added feature of causing kidney damage when treated with antibiotics.

    Disinfect the fridge drawer it was stored in? This is crazy, when have we ever been told to sanitize our fridge? Will super-markets use flamethrowers on their lettuce shelves or what?

    Where did all of the contaminated romaine come from?

    Sloppy dirty pickers couldn’t have poisoned all of the romaine in the country.

  6. Romaine looks like the inside of a colon. lol. Maybe that’s why ecoli gets stuck to it. Anyway, I had some last week. (Romaine, not colon) and today I threw the rest out.

  7. Growing up, nation-wide food recalls were fairly rare. Better practices, practices adhered to, a literate population of employees that maintained standards who had a moral investment in providing safe food? I don’t know. But it didn’t happen like it has been in the last 10 – 15 years or so. I remain convinced that some of the recalls were triggered as a tactic by imports deciding to weaponize their position because of workplace demands, and that doesn’t seem to be letting up.

    Just look at this list.

    I remember this, as well as some beef recalls in the later 70s, but nothing on the scale of recent food-will-kill you list.


  8. Somebody’s got to tell the 33 that got the bug that the deal is that YOU WASH THE LETTUCE THOROUGHTLY BEFORE EATING IT.

    We got third-world pickers out there picking the stuff and we don’t know what they picked before picking the lettuce.


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