Inspectors Check for Romaine Lettuce in Local Supermarkets

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Thursday 22nd November, 2018-Inspectors from the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division are visiting supermarkets across the country to determine if imported Romaine Lettuce is being sold to customers.

It comes as the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has issued an advisory that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until they learn more about an E-coli outbreak.

An official from the Prices and Consumer Affairs Division says several supermarkets were visited and their team is continuing their investigation to ensure the imported lettuce, if located, is removed.

According to the official, one major supermarket that imports lettuce has voluntarily removed all romaine, while in other supermarkets the leaf vegetable was unavailable.

The CDC noted that 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 became sick.

The  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.

E.coli the CDC stated are bacteria found in the environment, foods, and intestines of people and animals. E. coli are a large and diverse group of bacteria. Although most strains are harmless, others can make you sick. Some kinds of E. coli can cause diarrhea, while others cause urinary tract infections, respiratory illness and pneumonia, and other illnesses.