E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce


Health officials are advising people consider consuming other types of lettuce until more is known about the outbreak – that includes not ordering romaine lettuce in restaurants and fast food chains.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says 40 E. coli illnesses are under investigation as possibly being linked to romaine, including eight in Ontario.

Most people with an E. coli infection will become ill for a few days, then fully recover. Experts say that E. coli contamination in lettuce is particularly worrying since lettuce is rarely cooked, “so the risks are significant”.

Fruits and vegetables can become contaminated if they come into contact with the feces from infected animals. The Public Health Agency of Canada published a notice online Thursday saying it is collaborating with its provincial counterparts, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada to investigate the E. coli outbreak.

“The outbreak appears to be ongoing, as illnesses linked to romaine lettuce continue to be reported to the Public Health Agency of Canada”, the agency said on December 21.

No product recall has not been charged, but Sobeys has taken the decision to temporarily cease the sale of more than 300 products of romaine lettuce in its institutions, Friday, in the meantime that the public authorities are the source of the contamination. Because no recall was issued grocery stores throughout eastern Canada continue to sell romaine.


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