Here Is A List Of Restaurants Removing Menu Items Because Of Canada’s Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Things are getting serious.

Not too long ago the Public Health Agency Of Canada warned Canadians in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador of the risks of eating romaine lettuce.  The seemingly innocent leafy green vegetable has been the culprit of  41 cases of E. coli infections in Canada and 1 death in relation to the infection. 

According to the Public Health Agency Of Canada website, E. coli are bacteria that found in the intestines of cattle, poultry and other animals. A way many get infected with E. coli illness is by eating raw fruits and vegetables that have come in contact with feces from infected animals. Leafy greens, such as lettuce, can become contaminated by soil, water, animals or improperly composted manure. Lettuce can also be contaminated by bacteria from handling, storing and transporting the produce. 

Some safety tips have been released on how to deal with the the E. coli outbreak, but the public is being asked to consume other types of lettuce until further notice. With that recommendation in mind, many local restaurants have went ahead and pulled dishes containing romaine off the menu until it is safe for consumers to ingest the leafy green vegetable. 

Some of your favourite local chains that you can expect to see modifications to the menu include: 

  • Swiss Chalet
  • Milestones Grill + Bar
  • Montana’s Cookhouse
  • Kelsey’s 
  • East Side Mario’s
  • Boston Pizza 
  • Burger de Ville
  • Jungle Jim's
  • Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert
  • Harvey's
  • Casey's 
  • Biermarkt 
  • Prime Pubs
  • New York Fries
  • The Landing Restaurant Group

You can also expect grocery stores such as Sobeys Inc. to stop stocking romaine on their grocery store shelves until it has been deemed safe to do so. 

Sources: Public Health Agency Of Canada & The Star

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