More cases in E. coli outbreak

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - There's new information on the deadly E. coli outbreak that News 10 has been tracking that could be linked to romaine lettuce.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there have been seven new E. coli cases in the United States regarding the ongoing outbreak.

These seven new reports bring the total number of cases involving E. coli to 66 in the U.S. and Canada, with two of those cases being deadly.

Canadian health officials say romaine lettuce is to blame but the CDC still isn't sure.

It says the likely source of the U.S. outbreak appears to be leafy greens but they haven't identified which type yet.

With the investigation ongoing the CDC is not recommending people avoid any particular food at this time.

However, Consumer Reports is urging everyone to not eat romaine lettuce.

Jean Halloran, a Consumer Reports food policy expert said, "We think it's important to avoid eating romaine until the cause of this outbreak is determined. We say when in doubt, throw it out."

Right now the CDC says it doesn't want to act too soon and blame one particular crop because if they're wrong that could leave people at risk in case it turns out something else is spreading the bacteria.

Consumer Reports say you should also stay away from romaine lettuce served in a cafeteria or restaurant.

Companies like Wendy's have voluntarily stopped serving it.