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Canadian consumers warned of outbreak of E. coli connected to romaine lettuce

Canadian consumers warned of outbreak of E. coli connected to romaine lettuce”

This appears to be a particularly nasty outbreak, with the CDC writing that 13 people have been hospitalized in the USA, with one developing kidney failure.

It's a good idea to know the symptoms of an E. coli infection as well. People with romaine lettuce in their homes are also told to throw it away, even if some of it has been eaten and no one has become sick.

Romaine lettuce still had a place at the salad bars of some cafes and delicatessens in New York City on Wednesday despite a rare, nationwide U.S. public health warning for consumers to avoid eating any of it because of possible E.coli contamination.

She is referring to romaine lettuce.

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Food safety lawyer Fred Pritzker, whose firm Pritzker Hageman has represented many clients sickened with this pathogen, said, "It's unfortunate that the agencies and producers can't trace the source of the contaminated lettuce". It has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states.

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"In response to the Centers for Disease Control's Consumer Advisory issued November 20, Shaw's and Star Market is removing all romaine lettuce and products containing romaine lettuce from sale due to potential contamination of E.Coli 0157:H7".

Workers have sanitized all the equipment they use to clean and process romaine. Six individuals have been hospitalized after becoming sick. But it appears similar to the strain identified in a 2017 outbreak that happened around the same time of year.

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Caesar salads may be few and far between this week as romaine lettuce has been pulled from grocery shelves across Saskatchewan.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment about why it had stopped short of instructing grocery stores to stop selling romaine lettuce and restaurants to cease serving it.

The last E.coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce was announced on April 10.

"This tells us that the same strain of E. coli is causing illness in Canada and the United States as was seen in 2017 and it suggests there may be a reoccurring source of contamination", says the health agency.

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Health experts say it takes about five to seven days to recover from E. coli poisoning.



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