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If you’ve got romaine lettuce in your refrigerator, throw it out — and then give the fridge a good scrub, ideally with bleach.

Romaine lettuce — including the pre-chopped variety as well as whole heads and hearts — from Arizona has been linked to a multistate outbreak of a nasty strain of E. coli. The infection can cause bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and kidney failure.

Because of that ongoing outbreak, officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say people shouldn’t eat romaine lettuce unless they’re absolutely certain it was not grown in the region of Yuma, Arizona….