Coli warning: don't eat romaine lettuce from Salinas, California


US health officials are telling people to avoid romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California, as they investigate a food poisoning outbreak.

The CDC is advising consumers not to eat any romaine harvested from Salinas, Cali., including whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad. The CDC recommends avoiding romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California area.

Romaine lettuce has been tied to repeated food poisoning outbreaks, including one right before Thanksgiving past year.

The CDC says 40 people have been reported sick so far in 16 states.

The warning comes after a similar outbreak around Thanksgiving time previous year.

As a effect, the Public Health Agency of Canada is asking Canadians to avoid consuming, selling or serving romaine lettuce from the region. "Romaine producers will be working closely with their customers to make sure all product from Salinas is removed from marketing channels, but romaine from any other growing area is safe for consumption". The condition can occur among persons of any age but is most common in children under 5-years old and older adults.

First reports of the illness came to the CDC on September 24.

Officials are urging consumers not to eat the leafy green if the label doesn't say where it was grown. Anyone with symptoms, especially if they are severe, should seek medical care and alert medical providers that you have recently eaten romaine lettuce.

The Inspectorate said that at this stage in the investigation, the most efficient way to ensure that contaminated romaine is off the market would be for industry to voluntarily withdraw product grown in Salinas, and to withhold distribution of Salinas romaine for the remainder of the growing season in Salinas. These products were distributed in IL as well as in 21 other states.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it expanded its salad recall.

If the packaging shows that it is from the Salinas, California growing region in the USA, don't buy it. The recalled salad products by Missa Bay, LLC, included products with "Use By" dates ranging from Oct.29, 2019 to November 1, 2019.