Americans eat about 30 million servings of romaine lettuce every day.
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The Public Health Agency of Canada says a possible outbreak has sickened 18 people in Ontario and Quebec, while 32 people across 11 states have reportedly fallen ill. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 8 to October 31. Six individuals have been hospitalized, and one individual suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS), which is a severe complication that can result from an E. coli infection.
Industry officials say evidence pointed to the central coast of California as the probable source of the E.coli outbreak in Romaine lettuce.
And where was the contaminated romaine grown?
"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. In addition, restaurants should not serve or sell romaine lettuce until more information is available.
Sorscher, along with other food safety experts, sees blockchain technology, which allows all users to access continuously updated databases, as a way to make that traceability more transparent.
The strain of E. coli identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year.
Throw in a nationwide alert over romaine lettuce contaminated by E. coli, and things get even crazier at your local grocery store.
A nationwide recall of raw turkey tied to a deadly outbreak of salmonella is getting bigger. That bacteria caused the outbreak last spring. Consumers must protect themselves and throw away any romaine they may have purchased.
Romaine sold in the US comes from different regions at different times of year. A subsequent investigation, including laboratory tests, confirmed that the adult was linked to the outbreak.
Twenty-five people infected with the outbreak strain of STEC O157:H7 were reported from 15 states.