Safety Experts Say Avoid Romaine Lettuce If You're Not Into E. Coli

Safety Experts Say Avoid Romaine Lettuce If You're Not Into E. Coli

Safety Experts Say Avoid Romaine Lettuce If You're Not Into E. Coli

The Center for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration are investigating a string of E. coli infections across the U.S. At the time the Public Health Agency of Canada had identified the source of the outbreak as romaine lettuce. Though the source of infection is still unknown, the CDC is investigating leafy greens and romaine lettuce.

Canadian health authorities identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in their country, and since December 14 have been advising people in the country's eastern provinces to consider eating other types of salad greens until further notice. USA officials have yet to determine that the outbreak has to do with any specific food.

As a result, the nonprofit consumer magazine said its "food safety experts are advising that consumers stop eating romaine lettuce until the cause of the outbreak is identified and the offending product is removed from store shelves". Behm added that though some sick people reported eating romaine lettuce, preliminary data showed they weren't more likely than healthy people to eat the lettuce, based on a CDC survey.

"The FDA should follow the lead of the Canadian government and immediately warn the public about this risk", Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, told Consumer Reports. People can be exposed to E. coli from contaminated water or food, the Mayo Clinic said.

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Williams explained that with cases "spread out all over the place" and people having to report what they ate, in many cases over a month ago, it's been hard to identify the source in Canada and the US. However, Sobeys stores have started selling romaine lettuce again after tests by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency came back negative for E. coli.

Adam Loo, the culinary operations manager for the Murphy Hospitality Group, said he's been monitoring the situation closely since he found out about the outbreak in November. "Consumers should also check salad blends and mixes, and avoid those that contain romaine".

According to the Arizona Department of Agriculture Leafy Green Marketing Agreement Administrator Teressa Lopez, the state is the second-largest supplier of romaine lettuce in the USA behind only California. Founded in 1936, Consumer Reports has over 7 million subscribers to its magazine, website, and other publications.

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