E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA — Western U.P. Health Department would like to notify the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any at this time.

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.

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.

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. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

If you have eaten romaine lettuce, watch for symptoms of E. Coli infection which include severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. If you are experiencing these symptoms contact your healthcare provider as E.Coli infections can be serious. For additional information please consult the CDC website.