The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued a warning about lettuce after an outbreak of E.coli has been reported across multiple states over the last two weeks. A previous warning was limited to chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes.
Local stores have been proactive in making sure their supply is safe to eat.
More than 50 people in 16 states have been sickened by E. coli after eating tainted romaine lettuce, according to the agency.
31 of the 53 cases required hospitalization.
Health officials say if you can't confirm where the lettuce came from, don't eat it.
"If there is any hesitation, feel free to bring it back to the store".
Hy-vee has given us a statement on their handling of the situation as well.
"And, if you don't know where it came from, throw it away because it's really not worth it to take the chance that you could become infected with this strain of E. coli", said Niki Forbing-Orr, a spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. For the sake of prudence, the CFS has immediately suspended the import into and sale within Hong Kong of romaine lettuce produced in the area concerned.
A spokeswoman for the federal department said a USA food safety investigation has not identified any specific brand, product type, grower or packaging company related to the E. coli outbreak, which has sickened 53 people in 16 states.
At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified.
Il Vicino, which has restaurants at 4817 E. Douglas and 2132 N. Rock Road in Wichita, told customers via Facebook this weekend that it was eliminating romaine lettuce from the menu for now.
Missouri is one of the states reporting E. coli illness tied to the product. The AHS is investigating 13 lab-confirmed cases of E. coli O157:H7 that have no known links to Mama Nita's Binalot.
The CDC recommends that restaurants and foodservice operators wash and sanitize display cases and refrigerators where contaminated product may have been stored, as well as cutting boards, surfaces and utensils.