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Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

22 November 2018

The CDC still recommends you throw out any lettuce you may have recently bought.

In the United States, 32 people have become sick with E Coli, with 13 sent to hospital, as the outbreak has hit 11 states.

Cory Lunde, a spokesman for the Western Growers farm trade group, said the early onset date and industry shipment schedules pointed to romaine harvested in September from the central California coast, probably from the areas around Salinas or Santa Maria, as the most likely source.

No deaths have been reported, but six people have been hospitalised.

Statement from the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs on E. Coli Infections linked to Romaine Lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away, CDC urged.

The Sobeys and Loblaws grocery chains are pulling romaine lettuce off the shelves at all their stores across Canada in response to a E. Coli outbreak in the Ontario, Quebec and parts of the U.S.

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". Canada also was affected, with 18 illnesses in Ontario and Quebec.

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O'Malley says this is the sixth E. coli outbreak this year that has caused her business to surge, in some cases by more than 50 percent.

The outbreak of E. coli poisoning led to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issuing the warning against all romaine lettuce.

Infections from E. coli can cause symptoms including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

Ottawa Public Health has confirmed a case of E. coli in the Ottawa area is linked to the outbreak involving romaine lettuce in Ontario, Quebec and several USA states.

The health agency says that the investigation so far has led them to believe that the source of the outbreak is romaine lettuce, and because illnesses continue to be reported it is possible that contaminated produce is still in the market.

32 people in 11 states, including MI have gotten sick from eating contaminated lettuce.

"I think that the issue isn't that there's more unsafe food", Gottlieb said.

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada