CDC: 'Do not eat any romaine lettuce' as new E. coli outbreak reported

The Centers for Disease Control warns consumers to throw out chopped romaine lettuce following E. coli outbreak this month.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is telling consumers to not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants are advised not to sell it.

The advice comes after the FDA announced it is investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections linked to the lettuce.

Consumers are also advised to throw away any romaine lettuce in their refrigerator. Items which contain romaine lettuce including pre-packaged meals are also affected.

32 people from 11 states have been infected, but Kentucky has yet to report a case. Neighboring states Illinois and Ohio are among the 11. 13 people have been hospitalized.

The illnesses range from Oct. 8 - Oct. 31. 18 people in Canada have also fallen ill.

This outbreak is not related to the previous 2018 E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce.

Some companies have confirmed they are beginning the process of removing romaine lettuce, including Meijer.

You can read additional details from the CDC here.

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