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CDC: Dozens Sickened By E. Coli From Romaine Lettuce

The Centers for Disease Control reported dozens of confirmed illnesses from a strain of E. coli bacteria found in wholesale romaine lettuce.

Romaine lettuce

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As of May 11, 23 confirmed and 7 suspected cases of E. coli infection have been reported due to consuming contaminated romaine lettuce.

The Centers for Disease Control reported 23 confirmed cases and 7 probable cases of illness from a strain of E. coli bacteria found in wholesale romaine lettuce.

Most of these cases were from Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and New York State, but the distributor said the allegedly tainted batch of lettuce was sold to customers in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

NPR reports that the strain of E. coli in this recall is different than the more common 0157:H7 that is typically involved in food contamination. This strain, 0145, is tougher to detect and not often tested for.

Read More: How This Widening Lettuce Recall Is Different (NPR)

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer was in the company of foodies for most of her formative years. She spent all of her teens working at her town's natural food co-op in South Dakota, and later when she moved to Minneapolis, worked as a produce maven for the nation's longest running collectively-managed food co-op. In 2006, she had the distinct pleasure (and pain) of participating the vendanges, or grape harvest, in the Beaujolais terroire of France, where she developed her compulsion to snip off grape clusters wherever they may hang. In the spring of 2008, Megan interned on NPR's Science Desk in Washington, D.C., where she aided in the coverage of science, health and food policy stories. She joined Indiana Public Media in June, 2009.

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