E. Coli Contamination Confirmed in Salad Kits Sold Locally

Marco Green
December 10, 2019

Health and food safety officials are investigating an outbreak of E. coli 0157 spanning five provinces they think is likely linked to Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits and warn that more people may get sick.

According to CPMA's press release, the regions affected were listed as: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the products were recalled after an investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak and the investigation could lead to the recall of other products. "Individuals who became ill are between 11 and 73 years of age".

Anyone with the product at home should throw it out and sanitize any containers used to store it. The recall comes amid an ongoing investigtion into E.coli infections that have been found in five provinces.

It is warning consumers not to eat any products that have a best before date leading up to December 7, 2019 with a lot code beginning with the letter "Z, ' indicating 'Salinas" as a source of Romaine lettuce.

Anyone who has a Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit in their fridge is being told to threow it out or return it to the store where it was purchased. "Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick". Severe cases of the illness can lead to seizures, strokes, kidney damage and death.

Some infected people won't feel sick - although they're still infectious - while others have symptoms including nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and watery or bloody diarrhea starting one to 10 days after contact with the bacteria. In severe cases of illness, people may die.

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