CDC: Romaine lettuce not safe to eat

Posted at 7:07 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 22:07:42-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Americans are being warned to not eat any romaine lettuce after concerns over a new E-Coli outbreak. At least 32 people in 11 states have gotten sick. 

One of San Diego’s largest produce suppliers is jumping into action. Speciality Produce supplies hundreds of restaurants and caterers around the county with fresh produce. Owner Bob Harrington says he had to notify each customer about the CDC warning. 

Harrington says employees went through a list, of about 9 pages, and called customers warning them to throw out all of their romaine. 

“I think there’s a really good system in place so whenever something like this does happen we can respond really quickly,” says Harrington. 

Employees spent almost 2 hours calling all of the customers. “I think most companies, like us, practice a couple times a year just to do a dry run to make sure we’re ready to do a recall at a moments notice and finish it within minutes.” 

Specialty produce has about five to seven different types of romaine in its warehouse. All of them were pulled from the main floor. Harrington says he will replace the romaine from all of his customers with a new green, free of charge. 

The CDC is not only urging everyone to throw away their romaine but to clean the areas where the green was stored.