Romaine Warning: When Can You Buy, Eat Lettuce Again?

Romaine Warning: When Can You Buy, Eat Lettuce Again?

CDC advised consumers, restaurants, and retailers in the U.S. and Canada not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine.

Acting on the CDC's recommendation, grocers nationwide are pulling suspect romaine lettuce product from store shelves.

The CDC also urged consumers to wash and sanitize drawers or shelves where the lettuce was stored.

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak prompts warning for areas of Canada, entire USA . Six individuals have been hospitalized after becoming sick.

Manager of Health Protection at Ottawa Public Health Sherry Beadle confirmed that a local person, under the age of 65, had contracted the illness.

The origin of the outbreak is unknown, according to The Washington Post, and the CDC's warning was not limited to any particular area.

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The agency also advised USA consumers to wash and sanitize refrigerator shelves and drawers that have contacted romaine lettuce. In the same story, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb insists that it's not that there's more unsafe food, but that the CDC has "better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen". "This is especially important ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, when people will be sitting down for family meals".

The agency noted the strain identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year but appears similar to last year's outbreak linked to leafy greens. No agency identified a particular brand, supplier, or distributor in the 2017 outbreak, although they found that the romaine lettuce was "likely supplied by multiple firms located in Arizona, California, and Mexico".

"You might as well do a blanket recall, because who's going to serve romaine lettuce now?"

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Most symptoms end within five to 10 days. "Antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli infections". Whole genome sequencing showed that the E. coli strains that made people sick in Canada and in the United States were closely related genetically.