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.

Sil­via Foster-Frau / Staff

Billy Calzada / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

Gil­bert Weaver, man­ager of Chi­cho Boys Fresh Fruits and Veg­eta­bles, moves a box of re­called ro­maine let­tuce.

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