7 new E. coli cases; continue avoiding romaine lettuce
7 new E. coli cases; continue avoiding romaine lettuce
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11 January, 2018, 21:51
"Public health agencies in both the United States and Canada are informing consumers that there are no concerns about consuming any particular food, while they continue their investigations into what caused this E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that began in November".
Agricultural industry associations in the United States reported that public health authorities in Canada declared an end to the outbreak of infections caused by E. coli O157: H7 bacteria, associated with consumption of romaine lettuce, while in the US the Centers for Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC) continue to investigate, but do not consider that there is a risk for consuming green leafy vegetables. In the United States, there are 24 confirmed victims across 15 states.
"Leafy greens typically have a short shelf life, and since the last illness started a month ago, it is likely that contaminated leafy greens linked to this outbreak are no longer available for sale", the CDC said. Across Canada and 15 states in the USA, including IL, dozens have been infected and two people have died.
The Public Health Agency of Canada reported that "no individual has become ill after December 12, 2017". Attorney Fred Pritzker and his team recently won $7.5 million for young client whose kidneys failed after he developed hemolytic uremic syndrome because of an E. coli infection.
Clusters of unrelated sick people who ate at the same restaurant, shopped at the same grocery store, or attended the same event.
The Public Health Agency is no longer advising consumers in the affected provinces to consider types of lettuce other than romaine.
Little transparency during outbreakNeither country released any information about produce growers, suppliers or any other entities in the farm-to-fork continuum in connection to the outbreak.
The cases in the United States are the same strain as the cases in Canada and some of them have the same genetic fingerprint. However, an eerily similar outbreak in the U.S.is still being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Of 13 interviewed, all 13 said they ate leafy greens. Consumer Reports, however, is still saying to avoid romaine lettuce.
Boston Pizza International Inc. also temporarily suspended the sale of all types of romaine lettuce at the pizza joint's locations in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada as of December 26. "Without knowing the source, it's hard to know", he said, per NBC News.
The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) highlighted that the vegetable industry associations are working with government agencies to help with research.
Canadian health officials say romaine lettuce is to blame but the CDC still isn't sure.
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