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E. coli outbreak in association with Romaine lettuce is over

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has issued an updated public health notice stating that the E. coli O157:H7 foodborne illness outbreak in Canada, which that agency has associated with Romaine lettuce consumption, appears to be over. PHAC is also advising Canadian consumers that they no longer need to consider not consuming romaine lettuce. 

Officials with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have posted updates as well, noting the likely source appears to be leafy greens.

In response to Wednesday afternoon’s statements made by public health agencies in both the United States and Canada, the undersigned organizations call your attention to the following details:
  • 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.
  • Based on these statements, both governments have concluded that the food responsible for this foodborne illness outbreak is no longer in the market.
  • The industry associations are committed to working with government agencies in both the United States and Canada to assist with the ongoing investigations.
Arizona and California LGMAs
Canadian Produce Marketing Association
Produce Marketing Association
United Fresh Produce Association
Western Growers

Contact:
Vanessa Schwarz
CPMA
Tel: (+1) 613-226-4187 x225 

Publication date: 1/12/2018

 


 

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