Canadians are being warned of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that romaine lettuce from the affected areas reported in the U.S. investigation is imported to Canada

Canadians are advised to follow the U.S CDC’s advice and to check their homes for all types of romaine lettuce such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.

As a result of the U.S. outbreak investigation and its link to product on the Canadian market, the Public Health Agency of Canada is advising Canadians to follow the U.S. CDC’s public health advice, which advises consumers to not eat, and retailers and food service establishments to not sell or serve, any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region in the U.S. Romaine lettuce harvested in Canada is not affected by this advice.

This is the fourth E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce affecting Canadian consumers in the last two years. The Government of Canada, along with provincial and territorial governments and regional public health units, remains vigilant in its efforts to monitor for any new E. coli illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. If future risks are identified, the Public Health Agency of Canada and its partners will take the necessary steps to notify Canadians of any increased risk to their health and to provide updated advice on how to prevent illness.

  • If you have romaine lettuce at home:
    • If the packaging shows that it is from the Salinas, California  growing region in the U.S., don’t eat it. Throw it away.
    • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it. Throw it away.
    • If you don’t know whether the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it. Throw it away. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored.
  • If you buy romaine lettuce at a store:
    • If the packaging shows that it is from the Salinas, California  growing region in the U.S., don’t buy it.
    • If it is an unpackaged product, ask the retailer whether the romaine lettuce comes from the Salinas, California growing region in the U.S.
    • If you can’t confirm that the romaine lettuce in stores is not from the Salinas, California growing region in the U.S., don’t buy it.

For more about this issue please follow this link for the full article by Public Health Canada

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