Romaine Lettuce E.coli Warning [US & Canada]

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia health and wellness regulatory authority, has further updated its warning against serving or consuming certain batch/lots of Romaine Lettuce due to suspected Escherichia coli (“E.coli”) O157:H7 contamination and consequential risk of bacterial infection and illness, all serious health hazards. In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada (“PHAC”) has issued warnings for Canadians consuming Romaine Lettuce related to this outbreak.


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The US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) reports the following Romaine Lettuce products are subject to this recall:

  • Romaine Lettuce, produced in or near Yuma, Arizona. The CDC has expanded its warning to consumers to cover all types of Romaine Lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of Romaine Lettuce, in addition to chopped Romaine and Salads and Salad Mixes that contain Romaine.

If in doubt about the origin of any Romaine Lettuce or any Salad or Wrap product that contains Romaine Lettuce, you should neither serve nor consume the Romaine Lettuce. Restaurant owners and retailers should ask their suppliers and wholesalers to verify the source of their Romaine Lettuce.

==> No barcodes, UPCs, item numbers or other identification numbers were listed with this recall notification.

According to the FDA, do not buy or eat Romaine Lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

In addition, unless the source of the Romaine Lettuce is known and verified, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought Romaine Lettuce at home should not eat it but instead, should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.

==> Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any Romaine Lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown.

This warning includes whole heads and hearts of Romaine Lettuce, Chopped Romaine as well as Salads and Salad Mixes containing Romaine Lettuce. If you do not know if the Lettuce is Romaine, do not eat it: throw it away, washing all related storage, preparation surfaces and utensils with lots of hot soapy water and/or a water/bleach solution, then rinse with clean water.

==> For information about E. Coli Poisoning, please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning, adulteration or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure neither small children nor household pets can access the suspect food.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the recalled Romaine Lettuce, please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, return the Lettuce to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

As of the date of this notification, the CDC reports that twenty-three (23) more ill people from 13 states have been added to this investigation since the last update on May 9, 2018.

Currently, at least 172 people from 32 US states are known to have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7, with 75 people hospitalized, including twenty (20) people who have developed a type of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (“HUS”). One (1) death has been reported from California.

In addition, the Public Health Agency of Canada has identified people in several Canadian provinces infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli O157:H7. You can read about the outbreak in Canada here:

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected contaminated, adulterated or mislabeled Romaine Lettuce, please search for “Romaine” using the Search Box at the top of this page.

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected E. Coli monocytogenes contamination, please search for “E. Coli” using the Search Box at the top of this page.


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Recalls Direct RIN: 10194-2018
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