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California could be source of tainted romaine lettuce, FDA says

California could be source of tainted romaine lettuce, FDA says

Both the USA and Canadian alerts, coming as millions of Americans planned their Thanksgiving Day menus, urged consumers, restaurants and retailers to throw out all romaine left in stock and sanitise their shelves.

Infections from E. coli can cause symptoms including severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. Americans eat about 30 million servings of romaine lettuce every day.

Canada's public health agency said the cases were reported between mid-October and early November and those affected were between the ages of five and 93.

Loblaws Canada also announced they would be pulling romaine lettuce products until further notice.

However, he said, when it's a consumer advisory that warns people not to eat lettuce, it's much less clear for retailers about what they should do.

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a nationwide romaine recall based on 32 recent illnesses in 11 states and 18 reported illnesses in Canada.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: “Locally, [the Department of] Environmental Health will be contacting food suppliers to follow up.

Workers have sanitized all the equipment they use to clean and process romaine.

Most grocery chains have voluntarily yanked romaine and products that contain the lettuce from their shelves right across the country. One person in California has died, and 63 people have been hospitalized. That outbreak, which was declared over in June, was traced to contamination in the Yuma, Ariz., growing region.

Officials say this strain of E. coli is similar to one that was linked to other leafy vegetables previous year.

Sobeys and Loblaws are pulling romaine lettuce from the shelves of all its stores across Canada. No recall has been issued, which is the same way the Public Health Agency of Canada and US officials handled a similar outbreak involving romaine previous year. But the current alert doesn't differentiate between where or how romaine is grown, so retailers and restaurants will have to dump Gotham's romaine even though its internal testing shows no E. coli contamination in its facilities.

Symptoms of E. coli typically begin two to eight days after consuming the bacteria, says Dr. Oz - although most patients become ill three or four days after consumption.


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