An update of the investigation said there are now 102 reported cases in 23 states related to the outbreak, with 58 people requiring hospitalization. Anyone ordering salad containing romaine at a restaurant or a salad bar should ask the staff if the lettuce came from Salinas, officials said. The number of people, now 102, was first reported as 40 when the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention issued an advisory November 22 before increasing to 67 last week. Victims range in age from less than 1 to 89 years, with a median age of 25. Many of those infected recover within a week, but, in rare cases, a person can develop a severe infection.
Suppliers and Distributors: Suppliers, distributors and others in the supply chain should not ship or sell romaine harvested in Salinas, California.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have again warned foodservice operators from serving romaine lettuce after determining the produce may have caused an E.coli outbreak that has spread to 19 states.
Federal health officials are now investigating a multistate outbreak of Escherichia coli infection linked to romaine lettuce thought to be grown in Salinas, California.
Health officials told those who bought the Salinas-grown lettuce to refrain from eating it and throw it away.
The national epidemic has been attributed to romaine lettuce grown in Salinas California.
If you don't know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix or wrap contains romaine, don't eat it. Throw it away. The warning includes any whole heads of romaine, organic romaine and hearts of romaine.
"Without more specific traceback information, this was the most efficient way to ensure that contaminated romaine was off the market", it said.
"If you do not know the source of your romaine lettuce, and if you can not obtain that information from your supplier, you should not serve, ship, or sell the product", the CDC warned.