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Amid E. Coli Outbreak, CDC Warns Consumers to Avoid Romaine Lettuce

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warned consumers on Tuesday to avoid eating romaine lettuce over the Thanksgiving holiday, as it may be contaminated with E. coli, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness.

At least 32 people, including 13 who required emergency hospitalization due to the severity of their symptoms, have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli in 11 states, CDC said. One of those hospitalized subsequently developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially deadly form of kidney failure.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an E. coli infection, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

June 28, 2018 – E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce have been reported in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin, according to the CDC. The Public Health Agency of Canada has identified an additional 18 people who have become sick with the same outbreak strain of E. coli in Ontario and Quebec.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers to avoid eating romaine lettuce, and to throw away all remaining supplies, even if you have eaten it previously and not gotten sick.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said Tuesday that it is “frustrating” that the agency has been unable to identify the source of the outbreak; however, he says he has “confidence that it’s tied to romaine lettuce.”

“Most of the romaine lettuce being harvested right now is coming from the California region, although there’s some lettuce coming in from Mexico,” Gottlieb said.

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the current cases:

  • California: 10
  • Connecticut: 1
  • Illinois: 2
  • Massachusetts: 2
  • Maryland: 1
  • Michigan: 7
  • New Hampshire: 2
  • New Jersey: 3
  • New York: 2
  • Ohio: 1
  • Wisconsin: 1

The average period of time between when someone gets sick and the CDC is informed is 20 days, FDA said. The most recent case was reported on Oct. 31.

Do I Have a Lettuce Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in romaine lettuce recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new E. coli cases in all 50 states.

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