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Romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday in a broad alert in response to a new outbreak of illnesses caused by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli contamination.

Immigrant farm workers are said to be intentionally DEFECATING in farm fields while they pick crops, and the E.Coli is said to be leeching into the crops from the fecal matter left by migrant farm workers. 

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 unusually broad warning, issued just two days before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinners, reflects the uncertainties about the origin and extent of the bacterial contamination. The CDC is not claiming that all romaine contains the dangerous bacteria — something the millions of people who have eaten the popular lettuce recently should bear in mind — but investigators don’t know precisely where, when or how the contamination happened.

Thus all romaine is suspect.

The CDC 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 that 18 people have been infected with the same strain of E. coli. in Ontario and Quebec.

No deaths have been reported.

“Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick,” the CDC said in the Food Safety Alert issued shortly before 3 p.m.

“This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad,” the CDC said. “If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.”

 

 

The agency also advised consumers to wash and sanitize drawers and shelves where the lettuce was stored. People usually become sick within three or four days of consuming lettuce contaminated with the E. coli, according to the CDC.

Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said the looming Thanksgiving holiday weighed on the minds of federal officials as they prepared the food alert.

“I think we felt increased pressure to try to communicate earlier and more substantively with the public given that we know people are going to sit down for holiday meals,” Gottlieb said.

But he acknowledged that it is “frustrating and unfortunate” that the alert has to be so broad, covering all romaine lettuce. The federal agencies and the industry are trying to improve traceback techniques to narrow down the sources of outbreaks, he said. “We need to be able to get consumers more precise information about what they shouldn’t be eating, rather than these more general alerts.”

 

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    Jay · 23:10 11/30/2018
    Now there's a great strategy to kill off the population and you don't even have to starve them to death to accomplish it. Just make people scared to eat anything green and then their immune system will be extremely vulnerable to the vaccines and various diseases that the CDC brings to us this winter.
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    TSAZ · 02:25 11/22/2018
    Ain't skeered.

    F the Centers for Disease Creation.
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    Mary · 00:20 11/22/2018
    Buy local! Eat local! Know your farmer! Locally grown lettuce, of any variety, as well as other produce, that is grown using sustainable, organic practices, by local farmers, not big corporate farms from who knows where, will be much healthier for you! Local farmers need your support! It may be a little more expensive to buy from your local farm, but in the long run doing so will benefit you and your community. .... Also, does anyone besides me think that it's weird that this issue has recently been only for romaine lettuce? And, that they don't know the source for this outbreak also strikes me as odd. New regulations require documentation for large scale farms that identifies the farm and harvest date for all produce.
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    John Robert Mallernee · 16:31 11/21/2018
    Meals on Wheels just brought me my daily lunch.

    It was a cheeseburger with LETTUCE and tomato!
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    painter · 13:29 11/21/2018
    Damn! I was looking forward to having a romaine salad!
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    Alan · 06:25 11/21/2018
    Garbonzo Beans and Alfalfa Sprouts may be next, then Bean Sprouts.

    What culture starved so badly over the centuries that they ate the food before it was ripe, year after year until it became the normal thing, and ate the fish heads too? Not one that I want to emulate. What great famine in Brussels caused them to eat the cabbage when it was just sprouting?

    Plant a garden next year for home food. Let the bean sprouts develop into beans, and cabbage sprouts into ripe cabbage. Spinach leaves are way better for us than lettuce. Leave the alfalfa sprouts to grow in the pasture so that you can bale it in the fall, and feed it to the cattle in the winter. Alfalfa is very nutritional...for cows.

    Use live stock manure for fertilizer, not people poop. People poop is dangerous for people food. (North Korea does it anyway. For real!) We in our culture never imagined that it would be necessary to tell folks common sense stuff like this, did we? Evidently, some don't know any better, even here in the USA nowadays.

    Hay is for cows. Cows are for us to eat. Just saying....
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    John Robert Mallernee · 22:05 11/20/2018
    @ HAL TURNER:

    Thank you for posting this alert!

    I rarely watch television, listen to radio, and/or read newspapers, so seeing this at your web site constituted a critical public service.

    I immediately e-mailed it to everyone in my address book, and posted it on my FACEBOOK page and GOOGLE PLUS account.
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    MR. TRUTH! · 21:37 11/20/2018
    Awesome! .. Only Wacko Liberals eat Romaine Lettuce, Normal people use Iceberg Lettuce. ... Looking forward to Civil War 2.0
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      William Bermudez · 23:24 12/09/2018
      ¿Por que no los dos?

      Still a good idea to stay away for it due to contamination, but romaine is far better on sandwiches than iceberg. I save the latter for salads personally.
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    PjH · 20:39 11/20/2018
    How can I post this to Facebook? I don't see a link. I'm sure its right in front of me, but I don't see it.

    STAFF RESPONDS: Just copy the link and paste that link into your facebook post. It will call the article and load it.
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    Micah · 20:20 11/20/2018
    Those people that do our jobs for us to quote clown GWB.
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    Occams Razor · 19:26 11/20/2018
    So much for eating healthy, someone always craps on your parade.
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    STOP the Crap!!! · 19:13 11/20/2018
    If these people cannot even figure out how to use the restroom properly, they aren't worthy of being in this country.

    Time for IMMEDIATE deportation of ANY illegal or immigrant who is intentionally contaminating the US food supply!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Ungrateful sorry ass · 19:10 11/20/2018
    The people are openly, and literally, shitting on us. They think it's fun to defecate on our food. We think it's smart to deport their sorry asses. They don't even know how to be grateful for being in this country.
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    Joe Blow · 18:01 11/20/2018
    Take an activated charcoal capsule.
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