Romaine Lettuce Is Not Safe To Eat Whatsoever, CDC Warns

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

E. Coli Outbreak in Ontario, Quebec Linked to Romaine Lettuce

The Public Health Agency of Canada issued a warning Tuesday afternoon, telling people in Ontario and Quebec not to consume romaine lettuce.

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

By now, you've probably heard that the Centers for Disease Control issued a warning against eating any and all romaine lettuce following an outbreak of E. coli that's infected 32 people across 11 states.

Symptoms of E. coli can include nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps and watery or bloody diarrhea.

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Norman Neumann, the vice-dean of the University of Alberta's School of Public Health, said during outbreaks impacting Canada and the USA, health bodies from both countries will likely consult each other on investigating the source, but don't always co-ordinate their responses.

"The caseloads are higher in the U.S.so it might suggest a little bit more of a severe response in the USA", he said.

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.

Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

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"Out of concern for the health of employees and customers, Sobeys Inc. temporarily stopped the sale of all Romaine lettuce products across its national store network until further notice", reads a press release from Sobeys.

"I strongly believe that Health Canada/CFIA should call for retailers and wholesalers to remove all off shelves, as well as a recall to consumers", he told The Canadian Press.

Individuals who became ill are between 5 and 93 years of age.

CDC is advising that USA consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak.

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The Public Health Agency says there is no evidence suggesting other parts of Canada are affected, however they're asking those in Ontario and Quebec to avoid eating romaine lettuce and mixed salads containing romaine.

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