FDA: California Could Be Source Of Romaine Lettuce Tainted With E. coli

FDA thinks they know where tainted romaine likely came from

Retailers and restaurants should not serve or sell any imported from the United States of America and Canada until more information becomes available. "We're going to throw it out if we have to", said Ali Alabi of Supermarche Akavan, adding that his supplier ended up with 1,000 lost boxes and that the grocery and supplier will split the losses.

Authorities in the United States have reported 32 cases of E. coli, 13 of which involved a person who was hospitalized.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has tested over 2,000 samples of fresh lettuce and packaged salads, but still can't determine the source of the outbreak.

She said washing contaminated lettuce won't ensure that harmful germs are killed.

William Marler, a Seattle attorney representing consumers sickened during that 2017-18 outbreak, said investigators could focus on the same supply lines for this investigation.

In a tweet Friday, Scott Gottlieb, the commission of the FDA, said the current outbreak likely came from California based on "growing and harvesting patterns".

If you or a family member became ill with an E. coli infection or HUS after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark E. coli attorneys for a free case evaluation.

Sobeys and Loblaw have recalled and removed all romaine lettuce products from their store shelves, while the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia says most restaurants in the province have temporarily removed romaine lettuce from their menus. No one has pinpointed the source of the E. coli bacteria and no one knows why romaine, in particular, is affected.

The CDC said about 48 million people get sick from foodborne illnesses every year - 46 percent of them from eating leafy vegetables and other produce.

This latest outbreak is not related to another multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections earlier this year that was also linked to romaine lettuce, according to USA officials.

The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Thursday that the multistate E. coli outbreak revealed earlier this week is thought to be connected to romaine lettuce grown in California.

Remember the outbreak from earlier this year and how five people actually died because they had romaine lettuce?

It's reminiscent of a 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to spinach, Jones said.

People usually notice symptoms three to four days after they have been infected, but symptoms can start any time.

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