Consumer Reports: Avoid Romaine Lettuce

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WASHINGTON — After 58 people in the United States and Canada got sick from E. coli bacteria and two people died, Consumer Reports is advising people to stop eating romaine lettuce. 

Five people in the U.S. were hospitalized. The deaths occurred in the U.S. and Canada, according to a report from Consumer Reports.

The 13 states where the infections took place are California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington state.

While Canadian health authorities have identified romaine lettuce as the cause, U.S. health officials have not but are investigating the outbreak. 

“Even though we can’t say with 100 percent certainty that romaine lettuce is the cause of the E. coli outbreak in the U.S., a greater degree of caution is appropriate given that lettuce is almost always consumed raw,” James Rogers, director of Food Safety and Research at Consumer Reports, said in the report.

For additional information on the outbreak, click here.

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