Coli cases linked to Arizona lettuce go beyond CDC estimates

Giant Eagle is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce after potential E. coli contamination

Giant Eagle is recalling multiple items prepared with romaine lettuce after potential E. coli contamination

Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten.

The outbreak resulted in almost 36 people becoming ill to varying degrees, including 11 in Washington state.

Consumers who purchased romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eat the same at any restaurant should confirm that it is not the chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. They include various items prepared with romaine lettuce and sold in our catering, restaurant and salad bar areas.

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Health officials have confirmed E. coli cases in Missoula, Flathead, and Ravalli counties, including three hospitalizations.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended that people not eat bagged and chopped romaine lettuce after a possible E. coli contamination. There are also four Montana cases suspected to be part of the outbreak and further testing is pending.

Consumers anywhere in the USA who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes, should not eat it and throw it away - even if you have eaten some of it already.

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Most people can recover within a week but there is a risk of more severe illnesses in young children below 5 years old, older adults, and those who have a weakened immune system.

The CDC said Friday that 35 people across 11 states have become ill from chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma. 22 ill people have been admitted to hospital and three people have developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure. This takes an average of two to three weeks. Twenty-six (93%) of 28 people interviewed reported consuming romaine lettuce in the week before their illness started. The CDC advises anyone with these symptoms to seek medical attention as E. coli infection is typically diagnosed via a stool sample. This weekend stores here in Page had signs about the information and their pre-made salads were almost sold out- the CDC says the bags of pre-made salad containing romaine are not considered safe either so be on the safe side and toss in the trash and not in a salad.

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