Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

Glen Mclaughlin
November 22, 2018

The outbreak began in the United States, where 32 people have been infected by E. coli.

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

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states and Canada, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections.

Epidemiologic evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source of the outbreak.

On Tuesday, the US CDC said that the romaine lettuce-linked food poisoning outbreak was due to the E. coli bacteria. These symptoms include: nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps and watery or bloody diarrhoea.

Most symptoms end within five to ten days.

"The caseloads are higher in the U.S.so it might suggest a little bit more of a severe response in the USA", he said.

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Individuals who became ill are between 5 and 93 years of age.

"Contaminated romaine lettuce may still be on the market, including in restaurants, grocery stores and any establishments that serve food", according to PHAC.

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

"I strongly believe that Health Canada/CFIA should call for retailers and wholesalers to remove all off shelves, as well as a recall to consumers", he told The Canadian Press.

Chan added that most of Canada's romaine lettuce is imported from the USA because Canada's growing season ended in August.

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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