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This Produce Sold at Walmart Is Being Recalled Due to E. Coli

Check your fridge if you live in one of these 30 states where the product was sold.
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Bags of single head romaine lettuce are being recalled over possible E. coli contamination, according to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). The packaged produce from Tanimura & Antle Inc. was distributed to and sold in 30 states and Puerto Rico.

Though an recall official notice from the FDA did not mention Walmart specifically, an announcement from the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development said samples of the lettuce obtained from a Walmart store in Comstock Park, Mich., had tested positive for E. coli. The agency said further analysis by its laboratory "determined that the strain of E. coli recovered from the product sample is highly related genetically to E. coli causing two recent illnesses" in Michigan. Walmart has published a list of every location which sold the produce. It includes 22 states, and it can be found here.

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The recalled bags are clear with blue labeling and contain a single head of romaine lettuce. They have a "packed on" date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020, as well as the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9. It's unlikely the product remains on display, because the shelf life of the lettuce has passed, the FDA says.

The strand of bacteria called E. coli 0157:H7 may cause bloody stools, stomach cramps, and vomiting. Symptoms generally develop within two to eight days, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture. In some cases, it may cause a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can prompt kidney damage or death. HUS is most likely to develop within two patient groups: the elderly and young children. Most healthy adults can make a complete recovery within the span of a week, per the FDA.

If you have the impacted product at home, return it to the store you purchased it from or dispose of it immediately. If you're having any digestion issues or think you may be sick from consuming the romaine lettuce, contact your doctor or a medical professional right away.

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Amanda McDonald
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