E. coli danger prompts romaine recall on eve of Thanksgiving.
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Hey! Where’s the salad?
It would be interesting to know how many times that question was posed on Thanksgiving Day.
Staffers Scott Huddleston and Silvia Foster-Frau told us about the scramble that was created just before the holiday when the CDC issued a broad alert that advised food suppliers and consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they might have. That included bags or boxes of salad mixes — such as spring mix or Caesar salad — that contain romaine.
Stores such as H-E-B were quick to remove the product from their shelves, and restaurants dropped salads containing romaine from their menus.
The reason for the warning was the danger of contamination by a particularly dangerous type of E. coli bacteria.
One report indicated that 32 people in 11 states — but not Texas — had become sick from eating contaminated romaine lettuce.
Of those, 13 had been hospitalized, with one developing kidney failure.
The outbreak started in the U.S. between Oct. 8 and 31.
In Canada, 18 people had gotten sick from the same strain of E. coli, with romaine as the likely source.
Gilbert Weaver, manager of Chicho Boys Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, moves a box of recalled romaine lettuce.