Amid E. coli outbreak, consumers urged to throw romaine lettuce out

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - If you've got romaine lettuce in your fridge, throw it away.

That's the warning from the CDC in the wake of a multi-state E. coli outbreak that's sickened some 53 people across 16 states.

While no illnesses have been reported in Hawaii, officials warn that affected romaine could have been sent nationwide.

The romaine linked to the outbreak was grown in Yuma, Ariz.

But because it's not always clear where your lettuce is grown, the CDC is urging consumers to throw romaine away unless they can confirm that it's not from the affected region.

The warning includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, in addition to chopped salads and salad mixes.

This story will be updated.

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