Number of illnesses from contaminated lettuce continues to rise

Posted at 2:35 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 16:35:12-04

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is now advising everyone to throw out all store-bought chopped romaine lettuce due to E-Coli concerns.

At least 53 people in 16 states have gotten sick after eating the lettuce, 31 of those cases resulted in hospitalizations.

That’s why health officials advise throwing out anything with Romaine lettuce, including salad mixes, because they could be contaminated with the bacteria.

The CDC said it’s been linked to a growing area near Yuma, Ariz. that prompted the initial recall several days ago.

The CDC still has not identified a specific grower, supplier, distributor or brand of lettuce at this time.