After avoiding lettuce for at least the past week, Canadians finally have some answers about the massive romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak.
Working with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Agency of Canada has finally nailed down where the contaminated lettuce is coming from and which provinces should continue avoiding it.
Their investigations have determined that the contaminated lettuce was grown and harvested in California. They have specifically identified the growing regions in Northern and Central California as areas of concern.
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The CDC, who has been leading the investigation since the outbreak started in the US, is now telling consumers that if their romaine is labelled saying it's grown outside of those regions, it is not linked to this outbreak and safe to consume. They also warn though that if your romaine isn't labelled or you are unsure, then throw it out.
As for Canadians, the Public Health Agency is warning people in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec to still avoid romaine lettuce. They say, however, that there is no reason for residents in other provinces to be concerned or impacted by this outbreak.
So far here, there have been 22 E. coli infections related to the outbreak. Majority of those cases were in Quebec. Out of those cases eight people had to be hospitalized but fortunately, no one has died.
In the United States, there have been even more infections from the outbreak. So far the CDC is reporting 43 cases leading to 16 hospitalizations. There the outbreak is impacting 12 different states.