Consumer Reports: 7 new E. coli cases; continue avoiding romaine lettuce

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There is new information out on the deadly E. Coli outbreak in the United States and Canada. Consumer Reports advised people to continue to avoid romaine lettuce. (WLS)

There is new information out on the deadly E. coli outbreak in the United States and Canada. Consumer Reports advised people to continue to avoid romaine lettuce.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there are seven new E. coli cases in the U.S. in an ongoing outbreak. Across Canada and 15 states in the U.S., including Illinois, dozens have been infected and two people have died.

Canada pointed to romaine lettuce as the source of its outbreak. The CDC said the likely source of the U.S. outbreak appears to be leafy greens, but it is not recommending Americans avoid any particular food at this time. Consumer Reports still warned against eating romaine.

"We think it's important to avoid eating romaine until the cause of this outbreak is determined," said Jean Halloran, Consumer Reports Food Policy Expert.

Romaine lettuce is mostly eaten raw and washing it or any produce tainted with E. coli will not remove the harmful bacteria.

"We say when in doubt, throw it out," Halloran said.

CR said it's also important to remember it's not just the romaine found at the grocery store, but also what people may find in a cafeteria or restaurant.

Some companies, like the fast food chain Wendy's, and Compass, the country's largest food service company, have voluntarily withdrawn all romaine lettuce for now.

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