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Hold the Lettuce (and the Eggs)!

By: Delia Geyer/ Content Editor

On April 13th, WNEP, a news station for Northeastern Pennsylvania, announced that all romaine lettuce (especially store-bought, pre-chopped romaine) should be thrown away. The reason for this is that chopped romaine has been linked to at least 35 cases (in 11 states, including Pennsylvania) of E. Coli, a bacteria that causes food poisoning, and can be life-threatening.

The infected lettuce has been traced back to a plant in Yuma, Arizona. Retailers and restaurants have been told not to sell the lettuce, but some damage has already been done. Nine people in Pennsylvania were infected with the bacteria, and of the 35 total infections, three have developed a type of kidney failure.

Symptoms of E. Coli include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting.

Days after this was announced, it was also announced that 207 million eggs were recalled due to a spread of salmonella. A farm in Indiana that sells eggs to nine states (including Pennsylvania) is recalling the eggs. According to WNEP, The FDA has reported 22 cases of illnesses from salmonella as of April 15th.

It is advised not to eat any eggs from the following brands, as they have been recalled:

  • Coburn Farms
  • Country Daybreak
  • Crystal Farms
  • Food Lion
  • Glenview
  • Great Value
  • Nelms
  • Sunshine Farms

Salmonella can cause serious illness, and can at times be fatal, especially for young children. Symptoms of salmonella include fever, nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

If you have eaten Romaine lettuce, or eggs recently, and have any of these symptoms, it would be wise to go to the doctor.

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