United States issues health alert on romaine lettuce

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

"Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick", the CDC said, after 32 people were reported sick from E. coli poisoning in 11 states, with 13 of them hospitalized.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak prompts warning for areas of Canada, entire US .

Officials in both countries are collaborating to investigate an outbreak reported in Ontario, Quebec and several states in the US.

The refund extends to not just whole heads of romaine and hearts of romaine, but also bags and boxes of recut lettuce and salad mixes that have romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad. In the same story, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb insists that it's not that there's more unsafe food, but that the CDC has "better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen". Typical symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

According to CNN, the CDC has conducted more investigations in 2018 than in any of the last ten years.




Grocery giants Empire Company Ltd., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Metro Inc. haven't waited for an official request though.

Jim Chan, a former health inspector and manager at Toronto Public Health, said he believes it is within the provincial public health body's abilities to issue a warning to all food premises, including restaurants, quick-dining options and supermarkets, to stop serving romaine until the CFIA confirms the product is safe. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by CDC.

Those affected were between the ages of five and 93 and were located in Ontario and Quebec.

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs is recommending that consumers avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce until more information on the source of the contamination and the status of the outbreak can be determined.

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