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Guidance on E.coli and Romaine Lettuce from California

CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not to eat and retailers and food service establishments not serve or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California. This 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.

Instructions to follow about Romaine Lettuce:

  • Do not distribute or serve any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California
  • Check bags or boxes of romaine lettuce for a label indicating where the lettuce was harvested. Romaine lettuce labeled with a harvest region outside of the Central Coastal growing regions of northern and central California (such as the desert growing region near Yuma, the California desert growing region near Imperial County and Riverside County, the state of Florida, and Mexico) is not linked to this outbreak.

If your pantry or kitchen had contaminated Romaine Lettuce:

Hotline Available for Immigrant Families with Questions About Public Benefits

If you or your food pantry/soup kitchen participants have questions about how receiving public benefits, such as food stamps/SNAP, Medicaid, and school meals, may affect immigration status, please call the New Americans Hotline run by Catholic Charities Community Services.  Anyone can call the hotline for information and referrals, regardless of citizenship or documented status. Calls to the hotline are confidential and anonymous. Help is available in over 200 languages.

  • Call 1-800-566-7636 from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday to Friday.