The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising that consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any. Thirty-two people infected with the outbreak strain of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states. Epidemiological evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that Romaine lettuce is a likely source of the outbreak. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8, 2018 to October 31, 2018.
Due to the outbreak, Chillicothe City School District will not be offering any romaine lettuce or romaine lettuce blends until further notice, when the CDC determines it is safe to eat again.
The CDC also advises 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 pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.