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CDC: Put down that romaine lettuce before you get E. Coli

The CDC is advising American consumers not to eat store-bought, chopped romaine.

Americans everywhere are advised to throw out any store-bought, chopped romaine lettuce amid concerns over E. Coli.

Cases of E. Coli linked to packaged lettuce, including in salads and salad mixes, have been found in 16 states, with the Centers for Disease Control noting the lettuce was grown in Yuma, Arizona.

Minnesota has not had a reported case yet, but the concern is so widespread now that all consumers who have bought chopped romaine lettuce from a store "should not eat it and should throw it away."

"Even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick," it should be thrown, the CDC says. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away."

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Anyone thinking of buying a salad box or romaine lettuce at the store, or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm that it's not come from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

To further guard against infection, wash your hands after using the restroom, and before and after preparing food.

Be mindful not to cross-contaminate food preparation areas and wash fruits and vegetables before eating.

Anyone who thinks they're infected should call their clinic, and write down what they ate in the week before getting sick.

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