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CDC issues warning on E. coli found in romaine lettuce from Salinas 

Warning not to eat Romain lettuce

Based on new information, the US Centers for Disease Control is advising that consumers not eat, and retailers not sell, any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, Calif. growing region. A sample of romaine lettuce from Salinas has tested positive for a strain of E. coli. At least 40 people have fallen ill, some requiring hospitalization, from the strain, the CDC reports.

Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.

This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.

If you have romaine lettuce 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 “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it, and throw it away.
  • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
  • If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it, and 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 “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.
  • 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.
  • 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 “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t sell or serve it.
  • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t sell or serve it.

Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should not ship or sell romaine harvested in Salinas, California.

On Nov. 21, 2019, Missa Bay, LLC, recalled salad products due to possible E. coli contamination.

Do not eat or sell any of the recalled salad products, which were sold under many different brand names.

See CDC report here

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News staff of the Paso Robles Daily News wrote and edited this story from local contributors and press releases. Scott Brennan is the publisher of this newspaper and founder of Access Publishing. Connect with him on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, or follow his blog. He can be reached at scott@pasoroblesdailynews.com.