Dangerous E. Coli Outbreak Associated with Romaine Lettuce

According to the Consumer Reports, in the past 2 months, an E. coli outbreak affected many people across Canada and the United States.

In fact there are around 58 sick people, with 5 hospitalizations and 2 deaths in these numbers.

The Public Health Agency of Canada notes that the reason behind this is the romaine lettuce. The romaine lettuce is the source of the E.coli outbreak in Canada.

Moreover, the Public Health Agency recommends people to avoid romaine lettuce for the time being.

The Situation in the U.S.

In the U.S., the CDC, i.e. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  accepted the findings of the Canadian health authorities.

However, since the CDC investigation is ongoing, there is still no advice from the CDC for Americans when it comes to consumption of romaine lettuce.

However, regardless of the fact that the investigation is ongoing, the Consumer Reports on Thursday recommended that the public should opt for other greens.

According to the director of Food Safety and Research at Consumer Reports, James Rogers, it’s not 100 % certain that the cause for the E.coli outbreak in the United States is due to the romaine lettuce.

However, a considerable degree of caution is given that lettuce is usually consumed raw.

Why Avoid Romaine Lettuce

The Canadian investigation identified the romaine lettuce as the source of this outbreak. However, the cause of the E. coli outbreak and contamination is still not known.

Therefore, just to be on the safe side, Canadian officials advise consumers to avoid romaine lettuce for now.

Recently in a public health notice, the Public Health Agency of Canada said that the illnesses show that the contaminated romaine lettuce might still be out there on the market, in establishments which serve food, grocery stores, and restaurants.

According to evidence, there might be a risk of infections of E.coli which link to the consumption of the romaine lettuce.

More About the E.coli

E.coli is actually a severe illness which might have life-threatening symptoms. Such symptoms might appear in people who have compromised or weaker immune systems, like older adults or children.

E.coli might lead to vomiting, nausea, cramps, bloody diarrhea and fatigue. Moreover, it might cause acute kidney failure in young kids. Anyone who has symptoms should consult a doctor right away and consume plenty of water.

In the meantime, it’s vital to avoid romaine lettuce and wash your hand regularly.

Previous Cases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more E.coli outbreaks in 2016. The multi-state E.coli outbreaks were related to 3 products. Those products were alfalfa sprouts, beef, and flour.

The alfalfa sprout and beef outbreaks were only present a few states. But on the other hand, the flour outbreak actually affected around 63 individuals in 24 states and had around 17 hospitalizations.