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Be Careful of the Romaine Lettuce You Purchase

Romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma area under investigation for causing E. coli infections.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suspects romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ area may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The number of infections has climbed to 98 from 232 states--with nearly 50% of the patients being hospitalized. So far there have been no deaths.

PositiveTip: Consumers should avoid eating romaine lettuce unless they confirm it is not grown in the Yuma region.

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Surprise in Raw Cookie Dough

Beware of raw cookie dough, it could make you sick.

Looking forward to some raw cookie dough this holiday? Think again! When scientists examined 35 cases of E. coli food poisoning occuring in mid-2009, all but two of the hospitalized victims had eaten uncooked chocolate-chip cookie dough. Two-thirds of the patients were younger than 19 years old. While you might blame the eggs used, they had been pasturized. Only the flour had not been safeguarded from E. coli

PositiveTip: Safely enjoy cookie dough--after it has been baked in the oven!