E. coli outbreak linked to Central Coast romaine lettuce

CALIFORNIA — The Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced that based on new information, it is now narrowing its warning to North American consumers not to eat, serve or sell any romaine lettuce to crops harvested in the Central Coastal growing regions of California.

Eventually, all romaine will be labeled with a harvest location by region, the CDC stated. If you do not know where the romaine is from, do not eat, sell or serve it either.

On Nov. 20, the CDC and other agencies first released a warning to consumers after discovering an outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce that had sickened people in both the U.S. and Canada. It was not until this week that the bacteria was linked to California’s Central Coast.

As of Nov. 26, an additional 11 people have been included in the CDC’s investigation of the outbreak, making it a total of 43 people in the U.S. who have been affected. Sixteen people have been hospitalized, including one individual who developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

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