CDC update on e.Coli / romaine lettuce situation
Based on new information as of the evening of November 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention narrowed its warning to consumers. The CDC is now advising that U.S. consumers not eat and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. If you do not know where the romaine is from, do not eat it.
Restaurants and retailers should check the label on bags or boxes of romaine lettuce, or ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce. Do not sell or serve any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. If you do not know where your romaine lettuce was harvested, do not sell or serve it.
Since the last CDC update on November 20, an additional 11 ill people have been included in this investigation. Forty-three people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coliO157:H7 have been reported from 12 states.
Restaurants should wash and sanitize drawers and shelves in refrigerators where recalled romaine was stored. The CDC recommends the following steps to clean your refrigerator.
- Throw out recalled food
- Empty your refrigerator
- Wash removable parts
- Clean and sanitize the inside of your refigerator
- Wipe food and drink containers with warm, soapy water before returning to the clean refrigerator.
To read the CDC’s latest update, click here.