Grocery stores reacted quickly Tuesday to the warning that romaine lettuce is linked to a new multi-state E. coli outbreak.
Restaurants are also urged not to serve the produce, and people are encouraged to avoid bagged, chopped and mixed lettuce that contains romaine.
United States officials said consumers, restaurants and retailers should throw away all kinds of romaine lettuce. 13 of those people have been hospitalized, and one is suffering from kidney failure.
Health Canada released public health notice to Canadians, warning consumers to avoid eating packaged romaine lettuce while an investigation into and outbreak of E. coli infections in Ontario, Quebec, and several US states continues.
So far, 32 people have been affected by the latest outbreak across 11 states. The romaine lettuce linked to the E. coli outbreak earlier this year was from Yuma, Arizona.
Lowrie says consumers may return romaine lettuce or items that contain it for a full refund.
He says there's not enough trace-back information to request a recall from specific romaine suppliers.
In what is frankly a goddamn terrifying article, the Washington Post warns: "The CDC told consumers to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased".
Illnesses started in October.
Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored.
The investigation into the outbreak is ongoing, the CDC said, adding that as more information becomes available, it will be provided to the public.
Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said the looming Thanksgiving holiday weighed on the minds of federal officials as they prepared the food alert.
If you're not sure whether your bagged lettuce includes romaine, chuck it out, the CDC says.
The outbreak strain, known as E. coli O157, is more likely than others to cause severe illness. No deaths have been reported, it said.
Symptoms, which usually begin about three to four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, and vomiting, according to the CDC.