Romaine lettuce is often considered to be a health food; it is full of vitamins, fat free, low calorie, and is the perfect lettuce for a good salad.  However, the most recent recall of the popular vegetable is particularly alarming, to say the least.

A recent, romaine-related outbreak of E Coli has resulted in 67 incidents of food poisoning across 19 states, including 39 hospitalizations and six cases of acute kidney failure.

The outbreak has been traced to a crop of romaine lettuce coming from Salinas, California.

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The Center for Disease Control has responded to this outbreak, issuing a warning that tells consumers to avoid eating–and retailers to avoid selling–romaine lettuce until further notice.

The warning affects all brands and use-by-dates of whole heads of romaine, organic romaine, hearts of romaine and packages of pre-cut lettuce or salad mixes that include romaine, such as baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad. It also includes romaine found in salad wraps.

Please, share this article, and let any romaine-lovers you know out there to avoid their favorite vegetable until further notice.  A Caesar salad is not worth your life.

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