Flickr photo by MuffetLettuce contaminated with E. coli is thought to be what has sickened many people across the US. The recall affects romaine lettuce made by Freshway Foods in Sidney, Ohio, under the brands Freshway and Imperial Sysco sold in 23 states and DC.
Three people have life-threatening symptoms and so far 12, in total, have been hospitalized. There are others who have lesser symptoms.
Students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus, and Daemen College in Amherst, New York, are among those who have been sickened.
The lettuce is thought to have been grown in Arizona.
Symptoms of E. coli include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, and nausea/vomiting. More severe complications include kidney damage and bleeding in the brain.
There's no telling how long this contamination has been going on because the CDC says that the strain of E. coli linked to lettuce is one of the most difficult to identify and can go unreported.
Check your lettuce!
If you have a Freshway or Imperial brand with a "best if used by" date of May 12 or earlier, do not eat it. Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh grocery stores' "grab and go" salads are also part of the recall.
The lettuce was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Another day, another recall.