CDC Issues Romaine Lettuce Warning [US]

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia based health promotion and disease prevention authority, warns consumers, restaurants and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any Romaine Lettuce products as it investigates an outbreak of Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 infections linked to Romaine.

This warning comes after at least thirty-two (32) illnesses have been reported from eleven (11) states, including thirteen (13) people who have been hospitalized. One person developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (“HUS”), a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) reports this E. coli O157:H7 outbreak appears to have begun last month, with cases reported from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018


The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several US states as well as Canada, with the US Food and Drug Administration {“FDA”) and Health Canada investigating a multi-state and multi-province outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections.


  • The CDC is further advising that US consumers should not eat ANY Romaine Lettuce products (including Mixed Salads that contain or could contain Romaine Lettuce), and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until it learns more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.
  • This warning extends to ALL types and uses of Romaine Lettuce, such as whole heads of Romaine, hearts of Romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut Lettuce and salad mixes that contain Romaine, including Baby Romaine, Spring Mix or and Caesar Salad.
  • People with symptoms of an E. coli infection, including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) or vomiting, and think you might have gotten sick from eating Romaine Lettuce, are asked to notify their physician and report their illness to the local health department.



Important facts for physicians and other healthcare providers:

  • Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli O157 infections. Antibiotics are also not recommended for patients in whom E.coli O157 infection is suspected, until diagnostic testing rules out this infection. You can find out more here:

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

==> To see other recalls and notifications caused by suspected E. coli O157:H7 contamination, please search for “E. coli” using the Search Box at the top of this page.


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