The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling everyone in the United States to not eat romaine lettuce and to throw any that you might have away due to a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli contamination.
Via the Washington Post:
The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix. All romaine should be avoided.
The CDC alert, issued just two days before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinners, reported that 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating contaminated romaine. Of those, 13 have been hospitalized, with one patient suffering from a form of kidney failure. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported 18 people infected with the same strain of E. coli.
So throw the romaine lettuce out. Seriously. Even if you have already eaten some if it, throw out the rest.
Even the guy with the terrible car is asking you to do it:
The CDC has issued an E. coli warning for romaine lettuce and is recommending that consumers throw away all of their romaine lettuce, and avoid it until we have more information on this outbreak. E. coli infections are serious and can be life-threatening. https://t.co/ndeUmjN5jQ
— Raul Ruiz (@CongressmanRuiz) November 20, 2018