Published: Wed, November 27, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Canada-wide Romaine lettuce recall due to E. coli outbreak

Canada-wide Romaine lettuce recall due to E. coli outbreak

Days after announcing the outbreak and issuing a safety alert for lettuce harvested in Salinas, California, the CDC released an update saying 67 people have been sick from 19 states. The recall includes all types of romaine lettuce from the region, such as whole heads, hearts, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine lettuce.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says one patient in Manitoba last month suffered from an illness bearing a "similar genetic fingerprint" to illnesses reported in an ongoing US investigation into an outbreak of E. coli in the Golden State.

Most of the recalled romaine lettuce at the retail level is labeled with the harvest location, where it is grown, the FSIS said. If it does, or if there is no growing region listed, the CDC recommends not eating the product and immediately throwing it away. The states where cases have already sprung up are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

On Friday, the CDC said 28 of 40 people who had fallen ill in 16 states with E. Coli had been hospitalized.

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People first started falling ill from romaine lettuce-linked E. coil on September 24 with the most recent case reported on November 14, according to the CDC.

The warning came one day after Missa Bay announced a recall of nearly 100,000 pounds of salad products containing meat or poultry due to a possible E. coli contamination.

"FDA has deployed investigators to the farms in question to try to determine the source and extent of the contamination", the federal administration said.

The FDA also advised consumers to either discard or return romaine lettuce that does not indicate harvest region or if it was grown indoors.

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