Health officials warn of romaine lettuce E.coli outbreak

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

This Is a Record Year for Foodborne Illnesses

The Public Health Agency of Canada said it was investigating 18 cases of E.coli.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 32 people in 11 states had become sick from eating contaminated romaine.

The current outbreak has not been linked to the immediately previous multi-state outbreak of E. coliO157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce. Fifteen have been confirmed in Quebec. "South Florida's romaine harvest season starts in early November, so Florida product was not being harvested when people started becoming ill".

Six of the individuals had to be hospitalized. People who develop complications may need further treatment, like dialysis for kidney failure.

There are no deaths reported in connection to this outbreak, but one person has developed hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The suspension has been done in collaboration with the Ministry of Health's Public Health Division. The majority are female.

Below is the full statement issued by the Department.

The Ministry said it will continue to monitor this health concern and provide the public with further updates as and when necessary. "This is new. It's new for consumers, it's new for retailers".

Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner Henry Gonzales told local media it is "very likely" the poisoned romaine came from his country. McLinton said the lack of a definitive recall from the federal government puts retailers in a hard situation. "If bacteria is present, all you'll be doing is splashing bacteria around the sink and the surrounding area", advised Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports Foor Editor.

According to a 2013 US government report, leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are the biggest source of food poisoning.

Officials are advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce, and telling restaurants and retailers not to serve or sell any.

The Food and Drug Administration has new rules to step up the safety of produce, but the implementation is staggered and began just recently.

It's also why Revol is working with the industry's lobby to ask federal regulators to exempt indoor grown lettuce from the recall.

"Those large farms supply hundreds of grocery stores. but when you're dealing with small farms and small markets, usually they'll know the people that grew their lettuce", he explained. Arguing that unlike field-raised crops, their romaine lettuce is never exposed to possible contamination sources from birds or animals. "The financial implications are significant".

And, wash and sanitize any drawers in your refrigerator where the lettuce may have been stored.

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