22 people sickened by E. coli in romaine lettuce, Canadian officials say
- Author: Darren Santiago Nov 26, 2018,
Nov 26, 2018, 0:10
Charlebois said they're not even yet able to confidently narrow it down to a specific USA state.
US authorities have reported 32 cases of E. coli, 13 of which involved a person who was hospitalized.
Further, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away.
The Yuma outbreak has sparked renewed scrutiny of the USA produce industry, including tightened restrictions on cultivation near areas that can be contaminated by cattle feces, which carry the E. coli strain.
"FDA continues to investigate source of e.coli outbreak traced to Romaine".
Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported from the United States of America and Canada until more information becomes available.
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency did not say why it had stopped short of instructing grocery stores to stop selling romaine lettuce and restaurants to cease serving it.
Officials said individuals infected with E. Coli typically get sick with bloody diarrhea and stomach cramps three to four days after eating any contaminated food. The majority of cases (56%) are female.
"The goal now is to withdraw the product that's at risk of being contaminated from the market, and then re-stock the market [with] new romaine from different growing regions, including Florida and Arizona". Given that this is a very unsafe outbreak of E-coli it doesn't just cause Gastroenteritis, there is actual kidney failures happening.
Redfield said that authorities are continuing to investigate, and emphasized the need for consumers to throw out all Romaine lettuce, saying there are "no exceptions".
"We do support their initiative to get more lettuce into schools, assuming it's not laced with E. coli, of course". Individuals became sick between mid-October and early November 2018.
Most symptoms end within five to ten days. People who develop complications may need further treatment, like dialysis for kidney failure.
If you have eaten this product but have no symptoms, there is no need to do anything.