Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but there may be one less item on the dinner table this year.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has temporarily ordered all restaurants to stop serving, stores to stop selling, and consumers to stop eating romaine lettuce due to an E. coli outbreak:
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.
The CDC also listed the symptoms of E. coli:
Infections vary for each person, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting. Some people may have a fever, which usually is not very high (less than 101˚F/38.5˚C). Most people get better within 5 to 7 days. Some infections are very mild, but others are severe or even life-threatening.
The organization is warning against eating romaine lettuce under any circumstances until further notice:
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.
According to the CDC, the threat is so serious that even if a person is unsure whether or not the lettuce is romaine, it still should not be consumed.
Outbreak Alert: Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more. If you don’t know if it’s romaine or can’t confirm the source, don’t eat it. https://t.co/NrFOIxG8hx pic.twitter.com/FuzkHv4bd3
— CDC (@CDCgov) November 20, 2018
It is even advised to wash all areas where the lettuce has been stored.
As of November 20, there have been 32 reported cases in 11 different states. There have also been 13 hospitalizations, and no deaths have been reported.