Coborn's Official Says Romaine Lettuce at Their Stores Is Safe

Coborn's Official Says Romaine Lettuce at Their Stores Is Safe

Coborn's Official Says Romaine Lettuce at Their Stores Is Safe

Including Texas, Florida, Minnesota, and North Dakota are the newest states to report illnesses.

The outbreak of E. coli contaminating romaine lettuce in the US was first announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on April 10, yet one month later, the outbreak has affected over 120 people across 25 states, including Missouri, and has claimed one life in California.

The illnesses are part of a multistate outbreak linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz., region, the health department reported in a news release.

The victims got in contact with the infection between April 20 and May 2. They live in both metro and greater Minnesota counties. 64 people out of 112 with available information have been hospitalized, and 17 of those people have developed kidney failure.

"Do not eat, buy, or sell romaine lettuce unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma growing region", said Kirk Smith, a manager of the foodborne diseases unit at the Minnesota Department of Health.

In the meantime, the Yuma growing season has ended, and California is the growing region throughout summer.

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The CDC said romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing region appears to be responsible.

The condition can be life-threatening in between 5 percent to 10 percent of people infected. Grocers and restaurant owners are encouraged to pull all romaine lettuce from their offerings unless they know where it was grown, and that it's safe for human consumption.

Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with suspected E. coli O157 infections until diagnostic testing can be performed and E. coli O157 infection is ruled out.

For those who are generally healthy, the effects of E. coli may resolve in just a few days, and some of the symptoms may not feel as severe as someone with a weakened immune system, like children or the elderly.

"Most of the illnesses in this outbreak are not linked to romaine lettuce from this farm and are associated with chopped romaine lettuce (not whole head lettuce)", the agency said in a statement, adding that other farms are being investigated as well. The law firm has brought E. coli lawsuits against such companies as Jack in the Box, Dole, ConAgra, Cargill, and Jimmy John's.

Approximately 135 cases of E. coli O157 are reported each year in Minnesota.

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