Health department alert over romaine lettuce

Health department alert over romaine lettuce

Health department alert over romaine lettuce

As of November 20, 2018, 32 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 11 states.

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. Typical symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting.

So far 32 illnesses from E. coli poisoning have been reported in the USA, with 13 people being hospitalised, but nobody is thought to have died.

"The caseloads are higher in the U.S.so it might suggest a little bit more of a severe response in the US", he said. In the same story, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb insists that it's not that there's more unsafe food, but that the CDC has "better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen".

Maddison said the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is working with public health officials to determine the source of the romaine lettuce that ill individuals were exposed to.

Epidemiologic evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source of the outbreak. Stores and restaurants should not sell or serve it. On Wednesday, they said they were temporarily taking hundreds of products containing the vegetable off shelves at thousands of grocery stores that they own.

Loblaw and Sobeys have both said that they have stopped selling romaine lettuce nationwide. "I think food safety should take priority". Ill people range in age from 7 to 84 years, with a median age of 24.

But unfortunately, that's not the case with the tainted romaine now wreaking havoc in the U.S. The CDC still has no idea where it came from or how long it will be before romaine is safe to eat again.

The Public Health Agency of Canada issued an public health notice Tuesday advising only individuals in Ontario and Quebec to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

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