Throw out the Romaine lettuce in the fridge!

Throw Out Your Romaine Lettuce - If you’re a fan of Caesar salad, you’ll have to substitute with a different kind of lettuce.

After months of Canada’s warnings, the CDC is expanding its warning about an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce. The previous E. coli warning was for chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes. The new warning covers all forms of romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts grown in the Yuma, Arizona region.

The new warning is based on eight new cases in Alaska that appear to be connected to the current outbreak affecting 16 states. The CDC says 31 people have been hospitalized because of the E. coli outbreak, and five people have developed kidney failure. The agency warns that package labels do not often identify growing regions, and urges consumers to throw out any romaine lettuce in their homes and avoid eating romaine at restaurants.

Officials say this strain of E. coli can cause severe stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea, which is often bloody.

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