Consumers should also avoid eating romaine salads in restaurants unless it can be verified that it doesn't come from Yuma, Arizona. Cases of illness showing E. coli symptoms have been reported in Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington.
The Consumer Reports statement said its advisory is its second warning for romaine since January and that its advice goes beyond the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advice for the public to buy or order only bagged romaine lettuce that didn't originate from the Yuma growing area.
"Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick", the CDC said in a statement. It can take up to 3 to 4 days for symptoms to appear, meaning more cases may be forthcoming.
As of April 12, 2018, 35 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states. Some of its types are pathogenic that can cause illness through exposure to contaminated food or water, or contact with animals or other people.More news: Novak Djokovic thrashes Dusan Lajovic in Monte Carlo opener
In New Jersey, seven people in four counties have contracted E. coli related to the outbreak - including four in Hunterdon County, and one each in Monmouth, Sussex and Somerset counties, according to state health officials.
Consumer Reports said it would be hard for buyers to tell where the romaine was grown, which is why they are saying consumers should avoid romaine altogether until the threat passes. Symptoms include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Twenty-six (93%) of 28 people interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started.
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A Valley-based restaurant chain is switching things up in response to a warning from the CDC over romaine lettuce. She has been diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal form of kidney failure that can result from E. coli infection.
Last year, an outbreak of 17 E. coli infections were reported in 13 states across the United States, all of which occurred from November 15, 2017 through December 8, 2017.
However, Consumer Reports is advising against consumers purchasing any romaine lettuce regardless of where it's grown while the outbreak is ongoing, including unbagged romaine or hearts of romaine.More news: Animal Feces Found in Counterfeit Makeup