Local grocery stores stop selling romaine lettuce

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Health officials in Canada are warning people about a new E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. "If you don't know if it's romaine or can't confirm the source, don't eat it".

In the latest announcement, CDC on November 20 advised that consumers should not eat any romaine lettuce because no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified. Stores and restaurants should not sell or serve it. He also admitted that financial losses associated with recalling the lettuce from all store shelves would be significant. Ottawa Public Health has not said whether the person infected in Ottawa was hospitalized or suffered complications.

The investigation is ongoing, and the Food and Drug Administration is working with states to trace the tainted romaine to a contamination source.

With two food poisoning outbreaks making headlines before Thanksgiving, the messages about what's safe to eat can be hard to keep straight.

On Tuesday, U.S. health officials issued an unusually broad warning against all types of romaine lettuce amid an E. coli outbreak.

"The suspension of import permits for Romaine lettuce will be enforced until further notice", the Ministry said. One person in California has died from E. coli linked to romaine lettuce. The romaine lettuce linked to the E. coli outbreak earlier this year was from Yuma, Arizona.

The blanket warning to nix all romaine until further notice is frustrating to hydroponic growers like Gotham Greens, which grows, harvests and packs a variety of lettuces, including romaine, in controlled greenhouses in NY and Chicago.

"Most people with an infection start feeling sick within three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria".

April 10, 2018 - First announcement issued on a second E. coli outbreak involving romaine lettuce, with 210 confirmed cases in 36 states, causing 96 hospitalizations and 5 deaths. The CDC announced the outbreak in July, but more people have gotten sick, bringing the total to 164 in 35 states.

Even without more clarity from the CDC, Johnson says other lettuce varieties, such as iceberg and baby arugula are not impacted by the recall and will remain on grocers shelves.

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