Sobeys, Loblaws pull romaine lettuce from shelves across Canada

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada

E. Coli Outbreak in Ontario, Quebec Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Norman Neumann, the vice-dean of the University of Alberta's School of Public Health, said during outbreaks impacting Canada and the USA, health bodies from both countries will likely consult each other on investigating the source, but don't always co-ordinate their responses. Metro only operates in Ontario and Quebec but has also removed it from all their stores.

Health officials say two people in New Hampshire have been affected by a new E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has also reported 18 people infected with the same strain of E. coli.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Loblaw Companies Limited is recalling and removing from store shelves across the country all romaine lettuce products", reads a statement from Loblaw.

Jim Chan, a former health inspector and manager at Toronto Public Health, said he believes it is within the provincial public health body's abilities to issue a warning to all food premises, including restaurants, quick-dining options and supermarkets, to stop serving romaine until the CFIA confirms the product is safe. Sixty-six percent of ill people are female. No one has died.

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CDC is advising that USA consumers not eat any romaine lettuce, and retailers and restaurants not serve or sell any, until we learn more about the outbreak. The CDC said that investigations were ongoing, and that USA consumers with any type of romaine lettuce in their homes should throw the vegetable away, even if some of it was eaten without anyone falling ill.

It advised anyone who had stored romaine lettuce in their refrigerator to wash down the shelves where the leaves had been kept.

Symptoms of E. coli can include nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps and watery or bloody diarrhea.

Most symptoms end within five to ten days.

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