More E. coli cases linked to romaine lettuce

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The CDC, which is the Center for Disease Control, has recently given a warning to the people of U.S. regarding an outbreak of E. coli, which has caused problems for a large number of people in the region.

Through laboratory studies they have identified that the E. coli O157:H7 strain causing the outbreak is similar to one that produced an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in the fall of 2017 that also occurred in the US and Canada, which was associated with consumption of leafy greens in the USA and specifically romaine lettuce in Canada. At the same time, the FDA requested that all romaine lettuce on the market, including in restaurants and other commercial establishments, should be withdrawn and destroyed. The permitted areas include the Imperial Valley and other desert growing regions in California, as well as Yuma, AZ, Florida and Mexico.

"Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.

No common grower, supplier, distributor or brand of romaine lettuce has been identified in the outbreak.

Products will say, "Romaine grown in and harvest after [date]", the growers said. United States officials are also coordinating with the Public Health Agency in Canada, which is also investigating a similar outbreak.

Empty store shelves after a nationwide E-coli outbreak prompted the disposal of all romaine produce products at the Smart & Final grocery in Newport Beach California on Nov 21 2018

In the wake of the current outbreak, the leafy greens industry is planning to establish another task force to come up with better ways to prevent problems in romaine lettuce and other greens, an effort that could include a discussion about long-term origin and date labeling standards for other leafy greens, Gottlieb told POLITICO.

Only romaine lettuce from certain parts of California is unsafe to eat, federal health officials announced Monday.

The FDA and industry leaders, scrambling to respond to yet another E. coli outbreak tied to romaine lettuce, have agreed to a deal to give consumers more information about where their lettuce is from. The Canadian agency reported 22 confirmed cases in three provinces: Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

Not all types of romaine lettuce contain the E. coli strain, but the recall is in place as a safety precaution, said Joan Salge Blake, a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Sciences in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

The labels could also help health officials identify specific regions during future outbreak investigations. Boston University Dining Services pulled romaine lettuce at all its locations following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's warning Tuesday linking the lettuce to E. coli. If it does not have this information, you should not eat or use it. While unpleasant and may lead to hospitalization, most people recover. Most at risk for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections are those younger than 5, older than 65 and with weakened immune systems.

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