(Quincy Media) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked Americans on Friday to throw away romaine lettuce unless they could clearly identify where it came from.
CDC officials previously warned of certain types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, region, attributed to a multistate E. coli outbreak. Friday, they expanded the warning to all types including whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.
The warning Friday afternoon said should not buy or eat lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant, unless you can confirm where it came from.
"Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick," the CDC states. "Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away."
The CDC expanded the warning due to newly reported illnesses in Alaska.
"Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region," the CDC stated.
At the time of this publication, 53 cases, 31 hospitalizations, but no deaths, were reported across 16 states.
CDC Advice to Consumers:
CDC Advice to Restaurants and Retailers:
Signs and Symptoms of an E. coli infection:
You can see the CDC's release Friday and previous releases here.