Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

CDC Expands Warning Not to Eat Romaine Lettuce

Contact: Jack Wilbur (801) 538-7098

Mobile: (801) 243-2801

Andy Pierucci (801) 538-4913

April 20, 2018


(Salt Lake City) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak connected to romaine lettuce to cover all forms of romaine, including whole heads and hearts of romaine grown in the Yuma, Arizona, growing area. A previous warning was limited to chopped forms of romaine, including salads and salad mixes.


“Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region” according to the CDC,


“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. 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.”


As of Friday afternoon, 4/20/2018, there 72 confirmed cases in 18 states of E. coli O157:H7 linked to consumption of romaine lettuce. There are still no confirmed cases in Utah.