In late April and early May, a romaine lettuce recall warned consumers to avoid all brands due to an E. coli outbreak. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that although the outbreak originated in lettuce from Yuma, Arizona, consumers should avoid all romaine.
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Who is Affected by the Romaine Lettuce Recall?
Consumers, restaurants, grocery stores, and others are impacted by the romaine lettuce recall. The CDC’s warning addresses romaine heads and hearts, as well as chopped and bagged romaine lettuce.
At least 53 reports of food poisoning were reported due to romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli. Those reports spanned across 16 states, and 22 people required hospitalization. It is likely that many more people were impacted, but did not report their symptoms.
People as far away as Nome, Alaska, were affected by the contaminated romaine. Moreover, eight people living in a correctional facility became ill after eating romaine lettuce heads that were traced back to Yuma, Arizona.
What is E. Coli?
E. coli is a bacteria that can live on plants, such as romaine lettuce causing contamination. When E. coli infects a person, symptoms may not occur for up to 10 days. This can confuse the cause of the food poisoning. E. coli poisoning can also mimic other illnesses and conditions, with symptoms such as stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. Some people may even experience fever after eating something contaminated by E. coli.
What Should Consumers Do with Romaine Lettuce?
All romaine lettuce that was purchased in April and May 2018 should be disposed of. You should not take it back to the grocery store because that could contaminate other food products and surfaces. You may call your grocery store and request further instructions on obtaining a refund.
Contact a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer If You Contract Food Poisoning
Severe food poisoning can lead to significant medical bills and time off of work. If you have suffered from the romaine recall, you should contact a Chicago personal injury lawyer. A skilled attorney at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. can walk you through the legal process and ensure that your rights are protected.