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PSA: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat due to E. coli outbreak

Romaine calm, everyone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday warned U.S. consumers against eating romaine lettuce, which has been linked to a recent — and particularly serious — E. coli outbreak. As The Washington Post reported:

The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, no matter where or when the lettuce was grown. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head or part of a mix. All romaine should be avoided.

The CDC alert, issued just two days before Americans sit down for their Thanksgiving dinners, reported that 32 people in 11 states have become sick from eating contaminated romaine. Of those, 13 have been hospitalized, with one patient suffering from a form of kidney failure. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported 18 people infected with the same strain of E. coli.

Tl;dr: Don’t eat lettuce, don’t buy lettuce and don’t hang on to any lettuce you already have until the CDC finds the source of the outbreak and declares it over. Also, be careful handling your turkey this Thanksgiving — there currently is a widespread salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey.