When in Doubt, Throw it Out, Romaine Lettuce Warning Extends to US

Henrietta Strickland
January 13, 2018

The update had by consumer report which asked the people to avoid romaine lettuce till when US and Canadian health officials don't get confirm about E.coli infections. Two people have died in the USA and Canada, according Consumer Reports.

Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration hasn't officially recommended that consumers avoid romaine lettuce yet, health officials in Canada have advised their eastern providence residents to use other salad greens at the moment.

Some restaurants in Canada have stopped serving dishes with romaine lettuce after a deadly E. coli outbreak has been linked to the leafy vegetable.

Be on the lookout for serious complications of E. coli, including hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which affects the kidneys. But U.S. public health officials are still interviewing "unrelated sick people" to determine when, where and what they ate before becoming ill. We wish we knew more and we're working hard to get there. In both countries, one person has died from their infections.

However, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the department testing the lettuce, said none of it has tested positive for E. coli to date. The CDC investigation is ongoing, and not all the tests have been completed, Williams said.

Romaine lettuce is typically not cooked prior to consumption, so foodborne bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella increasing the risk of illness, officials said. The strain of bacteria has been identified as shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7, which can cause stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. "Unfortunately, we have not been able to find common lettuce brands or common stores".

As lettuce is used in different food items and doesn't undergo any process like boiling, it can be a cause of your illness.

The CDC said that because the strains of E. coli across sufferers were genetically similar it was "likely" they shared the same source of infection.

The abundance of caution comes in part because romaine lettuce is nearly always eaten raw, according to Consumer Reports.

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