Be vigilant about romaine lettuce from the US: AVA

Be vigilant about romaine lettuce from the US: AVA

Be vigilant about romaine lettuce from the US: AVA

U.S. and Canadian consumers are being told to avoid any romaine lettuce due to a new outbreak of illness caused by E. coli.

The alert comes after 32 people in 11 states, plus another 18 people in Canada, were reported infected with E. coli between October 8 and 31 and romaine was found to be the likely culprit. Sturgeon Bay Econofoods Store Manager Jon Calhoun says they are taking the food safety alert seriously and offering customers a full refund on romaine lettuce purchases.

Public health investigators are using the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. It has resulted in one death and 164 reported illnesses in 35 states.

Thirty-two cases in 11 states of E. coli have been reported in the country and are believed to be linked to romaine lettuce. Consumers who had any type of romaine lettuce, including whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, bags of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes, to throw it away. Check here for ongoing updates on the E. coli romaine lettuce outbreak from the CDC.

In December 2017, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) investigated the outbreak of STEC O157:H7 infections in several provinces linked to romaine lettuce.

While it can in cases be life-threatening, most people recover within a week.

Loblaws Canada also announced they would be pulling romaine lettuce products until further notice.

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The CDC on Tuesday issued an unusually broad alert advising USA consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce and urging retailers and restaurants not to serve or sell any.

Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhoea which is often bloody, and vomiting, said the CDC.

Health officials in the US and Canada told people on Tuesday to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak. Thirteen people have been hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

Industry officials say evidence pointed to the central coast of California as the probable source of the E.coli outbreak in Romaine lettuce.

"If you think you may have symptoms, please don't prepare food, don't prepare food, don't serve food to your family friends or work", said Tricia Kitzman with Linn County Public Health.

"It's really cool that our servers are able to go to the tables and say he we get our lettuce locally, it's grown not in soil so it's safe to eat", Jew said.

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