Health officials in both Canada and the US are telling people to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable. No deaths have been reported, but 18 people in Ontario and Quebec and 32 people in 11 American states have gotten sick and some have been hospitalized. Tracing the source of contaminated lettuce can be difficult because it’s often repackaged by middlemen.
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In the U.S., 32 people in 11 states have been struck down by lettuce-linked E. coli – 13 of whom are receiving hospital treatment. In all previous outbreaks this year – which resulted in five deaths – the agency has been careful with its wording, saying officials couldn’t be sure which romaine we should be concerned about. But now, they aren’t taking chances: the CDC said anyone with romaine at home should throw it away – even if you’re not sure it’s romaine but suspect it might be. “Do not eat any romaine lettuce, including whole heads and hearts, chopped, organic and salad mixes with romaine until we learn more,” the agency said yesterday. “If you don’t know if it’s romaine or can’t confirm the source, don’t eat it.”
Photo Credit: Canada Public Health Agency via Twitter
OUTBREAK: Individuals in ON and QC are advised to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination. Find out more: https://t.co/FQ4haiBQoG pic.twitter.com/VQlmSLzeCs
— GovCanHealth (@GovCanHealth) November 20, 2018