You may want to skip on the Caesar salad for a while due to possible E. coli contamination. That’s because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising that all consumers do not buy or eat Romaine lettuce from a grocery store or restaurant unless they can confirm that it did not come from the Yuma, Arizona region.
Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at 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 warns.
This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.
If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown.
Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored.
E. coli are microbes whose presence indicates that food may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.
E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure.