It’s okay to eat romaine, as long as you’re sure it’s not from California

“Check bags or boxes of romaine lettuce for a label indicating where the lettuce was harvested,” the CDC writes.

So far, 43 people in 12 states are sick from E. coli linked to this outbreak. In an effort to get information to consumers faster and more clearly, the CDC plans to improve labeling to indicate where and when lettuce is harvested.

This is the second outbreak of E. coli from romaine lettuce this year. This past spring five people died and 210 were sick in 36 states. It was traced to contaminated water in a farm in Arizona.

E. coli is a species of bacteria that lives in the intestines of people and animals. While some E. coli are harmless, other strains can make you sick and cause kidney failure or death.

The CDC estimates that contaminated food make 48 million Americans sick every year. About 128,000 are made sick enough to be hospitalized, and 3,000 die.

Geek out on E. coli and how it is spread. And, consider this: Should we stop eating bagged salads?

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