November 20 – Romaine Lettuce alert

The CDC issued the below linked alert at 2:30 PM on November 20, 2018 broadly warning the public to not consume romaine lettuce from any growing region while they conduct an investigation into an E. coli outbreak. As of November 20, 2018 32 people in 11 states have been infected with a strain of E. coli 0157-H7. The outbreak illnesses are occurring primarily in the upper Midwest and Northeast. Epidemiologic evidence indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source of this outbreak. At this time, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified.

Royal is still gathering more details and we will keep our customers informed as there are additional developments.

Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers:

  • CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. This investigation is ongoing and the advice will be updated as more information is available.
  • Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.
    • This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
    • If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
    • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
  • Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.