Do not eat this lettuce! Check your fridge. There is an alert on Romaine Lettuce due to the possibility of the greens being infected with E. Coli.
E. coli bacteria are just about everywhere and they are normally harmless residents of the digestive tract. However, there are some E.coli that can cause diseases. This strain of E. Coli has been identified as (0157:H7)which causes severe stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting and, worst case scenario, kidney failure, and possible death. Over the past 7 weeks, there have been reports of 58 people in the US, and Canda becoming sick from possibly eating Romaine Lettuce. There has been one death reported in the US. The infections have been reported in 13 states: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington state.
CDC along with FDA is investigating this current outbreak of E coli. They have not yet identified the specific source of the outbreak.
To be on the safe side – Do not buy romaine lettuce and do not use any that you may have in your refrigerator until there is more information on the source of contamination. You should also check salad mixes to see if they contain Romaine lettuce, as those can be infected also. Even if you wash this lettuce, you may not get it clean because of all of the nooks and crannies in the leaves.
Anyone who is concerned that they may have an E.coli infection needs to see their health care provider to be checked for the infection. They can diagnosis you as well as inform you of precautions you can take to avoid infection.
Source: Consumer Reports