And on turkey day, skip the ground version
On the eve of the day when Americans traditionally stuff themselves as well as the turkey, public health officials are urging them to spare their stomachs by not consuming some favorites for fear of potential Salmonella or e-coli infections. In fact, if you're harboring romaine lettuce in the frig for your holiday salad, the Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration bluntly advise, throw that stuff out.
"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. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored."
A CDC-FDA press release: "As of Nov. 20, 2018, 32 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from Oct. 8, 2018 to Oct. 31, 2018. Thirteen individuals were hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported. Illnesses that occurred after October 30, 2018, might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill with E. coli O157:H7 infection and when the illness is reported. This takes an average of two to three weeks."