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If You Just Bought This Lettuce, Throw It Out

Romaine is being recalled in 15 states over possible E. Coli risk.
Romaine lettuce

Remember when Walmart recalled its romaine lettuce over possible E. coli contamination earlier this month? A bagged salad kit sold at Walmart, Publix, and Kroger was recalled for the same reason last week. As if lettuce wasn't already having a bad enough month, Dole just announced a voluntary recall of organic romaine hearts over possible E. coli risk, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

If you've recently bought any of Dole's packs of Organic Hearts of Romaine—the ones which have both English and French on the packaging—check the "harvested on" date. If the lettuce was harvested between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26, it may pose a risk to your health. Bags of Wild Harvest Organic Romaine Hearts harvested during the same time period are also included in the limited recall. (For other foods to try instead, check out The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)

The Dole packages contain three romaine hearts, while the Wild Harvest lettuce comes in 12-oz. bags. The products were sold in 15 states: Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Virginia. According to the FDA, "No illnesses have been reported to date in association with the recall."

The recall occurred after a single bag of Dole's romaine hearts yielded a positive result for pathogenic E. coli in a routine sample collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. "It is not associated with the strains connected to the ongoing outbreaks currently under regulatory investigation," the FDA says. 

If you've bought romaine hearts recently, check your fridge. If you picked up either of the affected products, the FDA recommends throwing them away immediately. You can call the Dole Consumer Center at 1-800-356-3111 if you have any questions. 

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Joseph Neese
Joseph is the Managing Editor of Eat This, Not That!, where he collaborates with the Editor-in-Chief on editorial strategy and content partnerships. Read more