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Romaine lettuce being pulled from shelves and menus of Valley businesses

Posted at 3:52 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-21 00:30:17-05

Several locations across the Valley have confirmed that they are removing romaine lettuce after a CDC announcement on Tuesday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned consumers on Tuesday not to eat romaine lettuce, as it may be contaminated with E. coli.

Frys Food Stores confirms it is pulling all romaine lettuce from Valley store shelves. A Target spokesperson also confirmed to ABC15 that they will be removing all romaine products at stores across the country.

Mad Greens says they're replacing romaine with mixed greens, kale or spinach for all menu items.

Salad and Go posted on their social media channels as well that they’ll be replacing romaine with mixed greens, kale or spinach on all menus.

San Tan Brewery says it will replace any menu items containing romaine lettuce with other alternatives.

Sprouts says it immediately removed all romaine-based products from store shelves after the CDC's recommendation was published.

Other restaurants have also told customers that they are removing romaine lettuce from their menu items for now out of an abundance of caution:

  • Kneaders Bakery and Cafe
  • Pita Jungle
  • Four Peaks Brewing Company
  • The Main Ingredient Ale House & Cafe
  • Sweet Tomatoes

If you have any romaine lettuce at home, the CDC says you should throw it away, even if you have eaten some and did not get sick.

"This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad," the CDC said in its announcement.

All types and brands of romaine lettuce are suspect because no common grower, supplier, distributor or source company has been identified by the CDC.

Retailers and restaurants also should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce until more is known about the outbreak, according to the CDC.

ABC15 has reached out to numerous other stores and restaurants to confirm that romaine lettuce was being removed and will update this story as responses are received.