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Product Recall: Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce

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CDC is advising that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.

Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.
The CDC is urging everyone to avoid 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 which 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.

Do not eat or sell any of the recalled salad products, which were sold under many different brand names.  Click here for a list of products to avoid.

The recalled salad products have "Use By" dates ranging from October 29, 2019, to November 1, 2019.
The recalled products have establishment number "EST. 18502B" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

This recall includes salad products that contained contaminated romaine lettuce. The romaine lettuce was tested by the Maryland Department of Health as part of a foodborne illness outbreak in Maryland.

Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection.

Latest Outbreak Information

  • A total of 40 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states.
  • A total of 28 hospitalizations have been reported. Five people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

The investigation is ongoing to determine the source of contamination and if additional products are linked to illness.  CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

Investigation Details

November 22, 2019
Since the initial investigation notice, 23 additional ill people have been reported. As of November 21, 2019, a total of 40 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 16 states, including Arizona.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from September 24, 2019, to November 10, 2019. Ill people range in age from 3 to 89 years, with a median age of 22. Sixty-five percent of ill people are female. Of 39 ill people with information available, 28 hospitalizations have been reported, including 5 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

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