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Food Safety Alert: FDC and CDC issue advisory on eating romaine lettuce

November 20, 2018

The Center for Disease Control is advising consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce and is advising retailers and restaurants to remove all romaine products. This is due to an outbreak of E. coli linked to the consumption of the product from an unknown source/grower. If you have any type of romaine lettuce you are advised to not eat it and throw it away. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.

As of November 19, a total of 32 people in the northeast, upper Midwest and California have been sickened by the same strain of E. coli. No deaths have been reported to date.

The origin of the outbreak remains unknown, though according to sources this outbreak of E. coli is linked genetically.

This is an advisory and not a product recall.

Outpost Produce

Outpost produce departments have pulled all romaine products except the packaged baby romaine from Superior Fresh grown in Hixon, WI, indoors in a clean and controlled environment. Please enjoy a wide variety of other lettuce and salads!

Outpost Prepared Foods

Outpost has removed all romaine lettuce products from shelves and salad bar until further notice. Enjoy baby greens as an alternative as it does not include romaine product.


Additional Information

If you have any type of romaine lettuce in your home the CDC advises you not to eat it and instead you 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 the drawers or shelves in your refrigerator where romaine was stored.

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