CDC Announces Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak In 11 States

With the holidays upon us, food will be a priority, with many people attending and hosting parties in the coming months. Food safety is important, which is why you should be aware of a breaking food poisoning alert.

On November 20, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that certain types of romaine lettuce in the United States and Canada contain E. coli.

The food poisoning lawyers of Nadrich & Cohen are actively investigating claims of E. Coli poisoning associated with recent consumption of tainted romaine lettuce. Our legal teams pursue food poisoning claims in all 50 states.

If you were diagnosed with E.Coli poisoning after consuming a romaine lettuce product, immediately contact our law firm for a free and confidential consultation. You may be entitled to compensation. Call us now at 1-800-718-4658.

What Kind of Lettuce Is Recalled?

A broad recall is rare, but the CDC is warning people that all types of romaine lettuce in any form is considered at risk. It does not matter if it is chopped or whole. Hearts and pre-cut mixes should also be avoided.

Even if you have eaten romaine lettuce and have not gotten sick, it should still eb thrown out. It can take 3-4 days for E. coli symptoms to come about.

Any romaine lettuce that has been purchased should be thrown away. Stores and restaurants are strongly advised not to sell romaine lettuce at this time.

Where Is the E. Coli Lettuce Coming From?

The reason for the broad recall is that the CDC does not know where the contaminated lettuce is coming from. Federal agencies are looking at the data available and attempting to trace back when, where and how the romaine lettuce developed E. coli. There was a similar outbreak of E. coli in romaine lettuce this same time last year, which suggests that the contamination may be a recurring problem.

What Causes E. Coli in Lettuce?

Foodborne illnesses are common in lettuce and other leafy greens. They account for approximately 10 percent of illnesses. E. coli is especially common in salad mixes primarily because they come into contact with more people and machinery.

  1. coli can be spread by farm workers who do not wash their hands or by birds and water in fields. Even though a chlorine wash is used to kill germs, killing all the bacteria is next to impossible.

E. Coli Outbreak Romaine Lettuce States

There have been 32 cases in 11 states. California has been affected the most, with 10 cases of E. coli. The affected states are:

  • California
  • New York
  • New Hampshire
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Ohio


The illnesses began between October 8, 2018 and October 31, 2018. The victims range in age from 7 to 84 years old. Thirteen people have been hospitalized. There have been no deaths reported so far.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with E.Coli poisoning after consuming romaine lettuce, contact the food poisoning attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen now by calling 1-800-718-4658. We will provide you with a free, no-pressure case evaluation. Don’t wait as there are strict time limits for making a claim.



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