Hold the Romaine Lettuce


There were 42 cases of E. coli illness in the affected provinces, including 13 in Newfoundland and Labrador.

There is an outbreak in Canada that is linked to romaine lettuce.

"Leafy greens typically have a short shelf life, and since the last illness started a month ago, it is likely that contaminated leafy greens linked to this outbreak are no longer available for sale", CDC said in a statement.

Based on the investigation findings to date, the agency says exposure to romaine lettuce has been identified as the source of the outbreak, but the cause of contamination has not been determined.

While the cause of contamination has not been identified, there have been no illnesses beyond December 12, 2017, the agency says.

The Public Health Agency of Canada said January 10 that the E. coli outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce appears to be over. Among the 18 ill people for whom CDC has information, nine were hospitalized, including one person in California who died.

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Maryland and New Jersey now join California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington, which all previously reported cases of illness. "Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection". The information about this outbreak has not been updated by government officials since December 28, 2017.

Consumer Reports issued a warning late last week about eating romaine.

Companies like Wendy's have voluntarily stopped serving it. People usually get sick 3 to 5 days after they eat food that is contaminated with the pathogenic bacteria.

"How do you know it's over?"

To be on the safe side, Consumer Reports suggests throwing out any romaine lettuce you may have in your fridge. Our lawyers represent people sickened with bacterial infections in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits against retailers, grocery stores, food processors, restaurants, daycare centers, schools, and others. Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team recently won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed because of hemolytic uremic syndrome after an E. coli O157:H7 infection.