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HEALTH ALERT: E. Coli Outbreak

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

Public health officials are investigating an E. coli outbreak


An E. coli outbreak that has hit 16 states and sickened 40 people has been linked to romaine lettuce.




Here’s what you need to know:

Is all romaine lettuce suspect?

No. The only romaine lettuce the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA are recommending consumers avoid is from the Salinas, California, region. Based on new information, CDC is advising that consumers not eat and retailers do not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.


Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown. This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.


If you have romaine lettuce at home:

  • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.

  • If the label says “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it, and throw it away.

  • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it, and throw it away.

  • If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it, and throw it away.

  • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored.

If you are buying romaine lettuce at a store:

  • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.

  • If the label says “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t buy it.

  • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t buy it.



Be careful, stay safe & healthy by following these tips:

  • Avoid risky foods such as uncooked meat & unpasteurized milk

  • Be sure to thoroughly wash raw produce

  • Avoid Cross-Contamination

  • Wash utensils  

  • Keep raw foods separate

  • Wash your hands


Consistently take MBi Colloidal Silver

While this won't 100% protect you from E. coli, Studies have shown that colloidal silver is effective against E.coli pathogens. It’s recommended to take 1 teaspoon of MBi Silver after every meal up to 3 times daily to help support a healthy immune system.


Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection typically begin three or four days after exposure to the bacteria, though you may become ill as soon as one day after to more than a week later. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody

  • Abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness

  • Nausea and vomiting, in some people

When to see a doctor

Contact your doctor if your diarrhea is persistent, severe or bloody.

 

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