UPDATED – 12/6/19 – The number of people now reported sick from eating Romaine lettuce has reached 102 in 23 states – including Maryland. Over half of the people who have become sick during the outbreak of E. coli infected Romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region have been hospitalized. This is a fluid situation and the investigation is ongoing. Go to cdc.gov for more information.
As of Tuesday, 67 people have become sick in 19 states – including 4 in Maryland. Thirty-nine people have been hospitalized. Six people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.
If you have romaine lettuce or packaged foods containing romaine 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 “grown in Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it. Throw it away.
– If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it. Throw it away.
– 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.
-Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
Click here for more information on the Romaine Lettuce Recall