21 November 2018
On Tuesday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) took the unusual step of encouraging consumers, stores, and eateries across the continent to discard all romaine lettuce.
We moved quickly to remove all romaine from our eateries after we received the alert from the CDC. That included removing and cleaning bins from our salad bars, removing romaine and mixed greens supplies from our kitchens, and pulling prepared salads, wraps, and sandwiches from our retail coolers that include romaine or a mix we couldn't be sure didn't include romaine.
The CDC hasn't yet issued a formal recall because they haven't identified a particular source of affected romaine lettuce, but out of an abundance of caution, we have followed their advice to stop serving and discard all romaine throughout Cornell Dining's eateries.
Even for people who have been eating romaine lettuce this month, the risk is relatively small. There are still just a few dozen reported illnesses and no deaths from this outbreak. The CDC's broad advice and our actions in response are geared toward minimizing even that small risk.
If you have eaten romaine lettuce recently, whether in a Cornell Dining eatery, another nearby eatery, or at home, we encourage you to pay attention to your health for the next several days, and if you suffer symptoms such as stomach cramps, diarrhea, or vomiting, please consult with Cornell Health or your doctor.