In just one week, the number of people affected by an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has grown considerably.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that romaine lettuce grown in or near Salinas, California is likely the source.
Shoppers are urged to check the labels of romaine lettuce to make sure the product they’re purchasing was not grown anywhere near the problematic area.
In addition to avoiding Salinas-grown romaine, the CDC advises against eating salad mixes or wraps that could contain the lettuce. CDC officials also warn that washing or cooking romaine from Salinas will not make it safe to eat.
The CDC is reporting confirmed cases in 23 states, with at least 102 sick individuals affected by the contaminated lettuce.
No deaths have been linked to the outbreak at this time.