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November 21, 2018

Romaine Lettuce Health Alert

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce and they should throw it away. They are advising retailers and restaurants to not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine, until more is known about the outbreak. Restaurants, retailers, and consumers should clean and sanitize surfaces where romaine lettuce was stored.

Symptoms of E.coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting.  See your health care provider if symptoms persist more than three days or symptoms are severe.

For additional details and guidance, see the food safety alert or call Joanne Lynn, Skagit County Public Health at 360-416-1500