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CDC Issues Warning On Romaine Lettuce After E. Coli Outbreak

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The CDC has issued a food safety alert for romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas, California.

The CDC is issuing a new food safety alert about romaine lettuce – just in time for Thanksgiving feasts.

The CDC is advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, region after 40 reports of E. coli across the country have been linked to lettuce from that area.

A total of 28 hospitalizations have been reported in 16 states, the CDC said Friday. Five people have developed a type of kidney failure, and no deaths have been reported.

North Carolina does not have any confirmed cases according to the organization.

The advisory includes all whole heads of romaine, along with packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes – including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad.

If the packaging has “Salinas” on the label in any form or isn’t labeled with a growing region, the CDC recommends throwing it away.

On Thursday, Missa Bay, LLC recalled salad product due to possible E. coli. They have “use by” dates ranging from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1. More information on those recalled products can be found on the USDA website.

The CDC says people usually get sick from E. coli 2-8 days after ingesting the germ.

Jodie Valade has been a Digital News and Engagement Editor for WFAE since 2019. Since moving to Charlotte in 2015, she has worked as a digital content producer for NASCAR.com and a freelance writer for publications ranging from Charlotte magazine to The Athletic to The Washington Post and New York Times. Before that, Jodie was an award-winning sports features and enterprise reporter at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio. She also worked at The Dallas Morning News covering the Dallas Mavericks — where she became Mark Cuban's lifelong email pen pal — and at The Kansas City Star. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University and a Master of Education from John Carroll University. She is originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan.