Consumer Reports is urging people to avoid romaine lettuce until further notice after authorities identified the vegetable as the source of an E. coli outbreak. One person has died.
Officials think it is likely the cause of recent cases of E. coli food poisoning in 13 states - California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont and Washington.
Feds are trying to get to the bottom of a unsafe E. coli outbreak spreading across the USA and Canada that seems tied to romaine lettuce, and food-safety experts say that until they do, it's probably smart to just stop eating it.
'Because we have not identified a source of the infections, CDC is unable to recommend whether USA residents should avoid a particular food, ' the report released last Thursday said.
"They said sick people reported eating romaine from a variety of locations, including grocery stores, restaurants and private homes", Consumer Reports found.More news: Avalanche in India leaves 11 dead
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"[To] say 'avoid romaine for now, ' I don't know if I have enough information to agree with that statement", said Benjamin Chapman, an associate professor and food safety specialist at North Carolina State University.
Neither the US nor Canadian health officials have provided information on where the suspect romaine lettuce was grown or processed.
"Do not buy romaine lettuce and don't use any that you may have in your refrigerator until there is more information on the source of contamination", CR says.
Check your fridge for any romaine lettuce, including any bagged salad mixes or blends.