Only romaine lettuce from certain parts of California is unsafe to eat, federal health officials announced Monday.
"Our investigation at this point suggests that romaine lettuce associated with the outbreak comes from areas of California that grow romaine lettuce over the summer months, and that the outbreak appears to be related to "end of season" romaine lettuce harvested from these areas", the FDA said in a statement.
You should check the labels on bags or boxes of romaine lettuce to see where it was harvested, the CDC said. If a product does not have this information, consumers are advised not to eat or use it.
However, if you don't know where the lettuce is from, do not eat it, the CDC said.
"Based on discussions with major producers and distributors, romaine lettuce entering the market will now be labeled with a harvest location and a harvest date", Gottlieb said. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California's Central Coast region.
Now that winter has settled into applicable parts of the USA, romaine lettuce crops have transitioned to desert regions in California and Arizona, as well as Florida.
"Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak", FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said.
In Canada, as of November 23, 2018, there have been 22 confirmed cases of E. coli illness investigated in Ontario (4), Quebec (17), and New Brunswick (1).
Most of the individuals who became sick reported eating romaine lettuce before their illnesses occurred.
Symptoms of E. coli infection, which usually begin about three or four days after consuming the bacteria, can include watery or bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the CDC.
But strains that produceShiga toxin cause illnesses. Canada linked its cases to romaine lettuce specifically, but U.S. investigators said only that the origin was in leafy greens.
If you happen to visit a restaurant that tries to claim its romaine is safe, it's really best to avoid the food.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes it has traced the source of the latest E. coli outbreak.
Federal investigators have found no connection between the current outbreak and the one that started this past spring.
This particular outbreak is slowly turning out to be a scary one, as the CDC has reported that almost thirteen people have also been recently hospitalized, and not only that, one of these patients has also developed kidney failure, Thankfully, no deaths have been reported till this point of time because of the outbreak.