Finally, there’s a good reason not to eat salad: it could kill you.
An new outbreak of E. coli, linked to chopped romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona, has been reported in 11 states. Because of this, Consumer Reports (for the second time this year) recommends avoiding all romaine lettuce for now.
Their recommendation, for what it’s worth, goes beyond what the CDC has told consumers: to buy or order romaine at a store or restaurant only after confirming it’s not from Yuma.
“Consumer Reports is making this recommendation given the potentially fatal consequences of E. coli, the fact that there are still several unknowns about this outbreak,” James E. Rogers, Consumer Reports’ director of food safety research and testing, said.
But it’s not just the lettuce you need to worry about — you may want to stay away from that hard-boiled egg topping, too. There’s also been a salmonella outbreak that’s seen the recall of more than 200 million eggs across nine states.
It’s better to be safe than sorry, right? Kveller’s official recommendation: Skip the salad for today’s lunch and have some chocolate instead.