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Romaine Lettuce Recall Due to E.coli Outbreak, 102 Sick in 23 States

The CDC is warning consumers to check the romaine lettuce in their homes now as there is another recall of the popular salad staple.

An e-coli outbreak outbreak has expanded from 67 cases to 102 cases in 23 states in just one week, according to the CDC.

The red flag is especially with romaine lettuce grown in or near Salinas, California.

The CDC is telling consumers to follow these rules to avoid contamination:

If you have romaine lettuce or packaged foods containing romaine at home:

  • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.
  • If the label says “grown in Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it. Throw it away.
  • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it. Throw it away.
  • If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix or wrap contains romaine, don’t eat it. Throw it away.
  • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

If you are buying romaine lettuce at a store:

  • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.
  • If the label says “grown in Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t buy it.
  • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t buy it.

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