Is romaine lettuce safe to eat despite E. coli outbreak?

  • Is romaine lettuce safe to eat despite E. coli outbreak?

Is romaine lettuce safe to eat despite E. coli outbreak?

Locally, there are 12 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania linked to the strain and seven in New Jersey.

"Talk to your doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department", the agency said. Both of the women were later released from the hospital according to the health department.

"They get bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps and their illness typically lasts about a week", Dr. Gieraltowski said. Though the CDC says it's certain that the outbreak originated around Yuma - about 90 percent of the nation's romaine is grown there - it still can't pinpoint s single source.

Young children, the elderly and the immune-compromised are at risk of developing hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially life-threatening illness that can cause kidney failure. "This E. coli outbreak, we're seeing a higher proportion of ill people being hospitalized". Most are gone within a week, but some can last longer and be more severe, the CDC said.

People with E. coli infections usually get sick three to four days after eating a contaminated food. As for the source of the outbreak - well, that's a mystery, though an investigation is ongoing.

Franchise owner, Sherrie Gentzlar says as soon as they heard about the outbreak, corporate had them jump right into action.

Meijer and Kroger say they're selling romaine lettuce that's safe to eat.

Ill people range in age from 1 to 88 years, with a median age of 31.

Based on new information, the CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. This takes an average of two to three weeks.

The CDC now believes the contaminated lettuce is from Yuma, Arizona.

This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine. While E. coli can survive a good scrubbing, the idea that animal poop makes it onto your lettuce should be enough to prompt you to keep your leafy greens under the faucet for at least a few extra seconds.

The CDC and the FDA also are advising people that before they eat romaine lettuce from a restaurant or grocery store, to confirm that it is not from the Yuma growing region.