This is a few days late, but just wanted to keep you informed that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) on April 13, 2018, released an alert to inform consumers that chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could possible make individuals sick. As of this post, no grower, supplier, distributor or brand has been identified.
The CDC has advised individuals to avoid consumption of romaine lettuce that has been store-bought chopped, including salads and salad mixes and to throw away the chopped romaine lettuce, regardless if anyone has gotten sick or not.
Additionally, the CDC suggests that before you purchase any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce or mixes, that you verify where the chopped romaine lettuce originated from. If it is from the Yuma, Arizona region or if you do not know the region, it is highly suggested that you do not purchase chopped romaine lettuce or eat any chopped romaine lettuce.
To date, 35 people from 11 states have been reported with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7.