A popular vegetable is responsible for an outbreak of E. coli across both the United States and Canada, with a total of 58 cases being reported. Consumer Reports issued an announcement stating that Americans and Canadians should stop eating romaine lettuce until experts can identify the exact cause of the outbreak and remove the specific product from store shelves.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the E. coli outbreak started on November 15. Then on December 11, the Public Health Agency of Canada issued a statement announcing that the outbreak was linked to romaine lettuce, and on December 28, the CDC announced that it was still collecting data from patients to find the exact cause of the sudden illness.
Consumer Reports’ food safety experts are advising that consumers stop eating romaine lettuce until the cause of this E. coli outbreak is identified and the offending product is removed from store shelves. https://t.co/OTMdIX1Xzn
— Consumer Reports (@ConsumerReports) January 4, 2018
In 13 U.S. states, 17 people have been infected, with an additional 41 cases in Canada. Additionally, one person has died from the outbreak and five have been hospitalized. While chances of contracting the sickness are generally low, it’s much better to limit possible exposure altogether. So, for the time being, maybe skip romaine lettuce next time you’re at the grocery store.
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