Coli Cases Identified: Consumer Reports Says Romaine Still a Risk to Eat

DeLauro pushes CDC director for answers on E. coli outbreak

Hold the Romaine Lettuce

"There appears to be an ongoing risk of E. coli infections associated with the consumption of romaine lettuce in Canada's eastern provinces", Canada said on December 28.

The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that "no individual has become ill after December 12, 2017". "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".

All romaine lettuce samples tested by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency were negative for E. coli O157.

Which is why, although Canadian officials urged consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, USA health authorities have not yet identified which type of "leafy greens" had led to the spread of the illness. Because leafy greens tend to have a short shelf life-and because the last known illness related to the outbreak occurred last month-it is likely that the contaminated food that's causing illness is no longer available in retail stores or foodservice establishments.

CDC is not recommending that USA residents avoid any particular food given the short shelf life of leafy greens and because a specific type of leafy greens has not been identified. Based on this information, USA health officials concluded that ill people in this outbreak were not more likely than healthy people to have eaten romaine lettuce. There has been one death in California, which was previously reported as connected to the outbreak. Leafy greens, including romaine lettuce, were the cause of outbreaks from E. coli 0157:H7 in 2006, 2011, 2012 and 2013. However, in the United States, state and federal agencies stopped short of making that declaration, stating that the investigation is ongoing.

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"People in these groups should be particularly vigilant about avoiding romaine lettuce", Rogers said. "CDC confirmed the outbreak on December 28 - nearly a month and a half after the first infection", said DeLauro.

But U.S. health authorities have said it's too early to blame leafy greens as the probe continues.

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You can protect yourself by washing your hands thoroughly before and after preparing or eating food. People usually get sick from E. coli O157:H7 three to four days after eating food contaminated with the germ. People should also thoroughly wash fresh produce. It urged the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce until more is known about the contamination.

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