A Warning to Avoid Romaine Lettuce
A warning from Consumer Reports, about eating romaine lettuce. According to the publication, in the past seven weeks, 58 people between Canada and U.S. have become sick with E. coli bacteria.
The infections have happened in 13 different states; one of those states is New York.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, reports five people in the U.S. have been hospitalized, and one has died. Also, the center is reporting one death in Canada.
Health authorities in Canada have identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada. They have advised people to avoid romaine lettuce and eat other greens. U.S. Health officials are investigating the outbreaks, but aren’t ready to announce a ban on lettuce.
This particular strain of E. coli, labeled 0157:H7, produces a toxin that could lead to serious illness, kidney failure and even death. Food experts at Consumer Reports are advising consumers to stop eating romaine lettuce until the cause of the outbreak can be determined.