The holiday season is here in Tennessee and many people will be spending time in their kitchens preparing holiday favorites. A recent announcement from the Food and Drug Administration may cramp the style of cooks this year. A popular salad green has joined the ranks of dangerous products and has been pulled from grocery store shelves in Tennessee and around the nation.

Romaine lettuce, a necessary ingredient for Caesar Salad and a popular ingredient for many other leafy green salads and recipes, has once more been cited as the cause of an outbreak of E. coli that has sickened many people in several states. There have been at least 40 cases of reported illness resulting from eating contaminated romaine. Of those 40, at least 28 have been hospitalized. There have been no reported deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes the contaminated lettuce comes from a region of southern California near Salinas. The agency is warning consumers not to purchase romaine unless labelling information confirms it comes from an area other than Salinas, California. Symptoms of E. coli poisoning include diarrhea, cramping and vomiting. Symptoms may persist for about a week.

Food poisoning can be serious, particularly in the very young and the elderly in Tennessee. More serious ailments can result after being exposed to the E. coli bacteria and this particular strain is the same one that appeared in 2018. If a person believes a loved one has fallen ill and experienced adverse effects after eating romaine lettuce, or other dangerous products, a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney might be prescribed. A knowledgeable lawyer can review the facts of the case and advise the client as to whether a personal injury civil lawsuit is a viable option.