Health officials are warning the public about a dangerous strain of E. coli that may be linked to romaine lettuce.
Fifty-eight people in the U.S. and Canada have gotten sick from the bacteria in the last few weeks, and one person in each country has died. The infections within the U.S. have occurred in 13 states, including New York.
Canadian health officials believe romaine lettuce is the source of the outbreak in that country, and they’re urging consumers to use other salad greens. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not yet determined the cause of the outbreak in the U.S.
U.S. health officials have not recommended that people avoid romaine lettuce or any other food, but Consumer Reports’ food safety experts are advising that people stop eating romaine lettuce until the cause of the outbreak is identified.