WA Health Dept.: Risk ongoing in multi-state outbreak of E.coli linked to romaine lettuce

The Washington State Department of Health advises the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region linked to a multi-state outbreak of E.coli.

Two Washington cases are now included in the outbreak, currently under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Food and Drug Administration. The latest advisory from CDC and FDA includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas region, such as whole heads and hearts of romaine, as well as packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine.

Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with the harvest location where they were grown.

Meanwhile, symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps, and blood in the stool, though there is usually no fever.

More details on the outbreak are available on the CDC website. (Washington Department of Health)