Food Safety Alert - Romaine Lettuce
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have advised the public not to eat any romaine lettuce that was harvested in Salinas, California, including whole heads, romaine hearts, or packaged lettuce/salad products that contain romaine. The lettuce may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, which often becomes bloody, and stomach cramps. In some people, especially young children, the infection can cause a complication that can lead to kidney failure.
Child care providers should look at any lettuce products they have and discard it if:
- the packaging says "Salinas" anywhere on it
- the packaging is not labeled with a growing region
- you do not know if the lettuce in a mix is or contains romaine
If you did have romaine lettuce from the affected area stored in your refrigerator, wash, rinse, and sanitize drawers or shelves. Carefully check any romaine lettuce or lettuce products that you purchase in stores.
More information about this outbreak can be found on the CDC's webpage
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