CDC warns of serious E. coli outbreak in lettuce

(Consumer Reports) - Over the past seven weeks, 59 people in the U.S. and Canada have become ill from a dangerous strain of E. coli, likely from eating romaine lettuce. To date no one has become ill in KOTA Territory.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are seven new E. coli cases in the U.S. in this ongoing outbreak.

Across Canada and 15 states, dozens have been infected and two people have even died.

Canada pointed to romaine lettuce as the source of its outbreak.

The CDC says 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 warns 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. "We say when in doubt, throw it out."

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