Romaine Lettuce Causing E. Coli Outbreak

On Tuesday, Health officials in the U.S. and Canada made the announcement for people to stop eating romaine lettuce due to new E. coli outbreak.

The U.S. FDA is currently working with Canadian officials on the outbreak. So far, 32 people in 11 states and 18 in Canada have gotten sick from the lettuce.

The strain affecting people is different than the one that was making people sick earlier in the year. However, there are links with this particular romaine lettuce and the one causing sickness last year.

According to FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, there is not enough information to ask for a recall on the plant. However, he suggests that supermarkets and restaurants discontinue using the romaine lettuce until they can find the source of the contamination.

They believe suppliers are currently selling the contaminated lettuce. The commissioner goes on to say that that the FDA warns people before gathering for Thanksgiving to check their lettuce.

Romaine Lettuce Recall

Around this time of year, the romaine lettuce that people purchase comes from California. However, the lettuce that was linked to an earlier outbreak of E. coli was from Yuma Arizona. That particular outbreak not only made 200 people sick but was also the cause of death for five.

So far, there have not been any reports of death during this current outbreak. However, those in the U.S. and Canada have had to be hospitalized.

It’s difficult to trace to the source of lettuce contamination do repackaging. Also, washing the lettuce will not help. Symptoms of E. Coli include severe diarrhea and stomach cramps as well as vomiting. Though people tend to recover in a week, some illnesses can be more severe, thus lasting longer.

Health officials want to remind people to make sure they properly handle and cook their Thanksgiving turkey with care. There is wid outbreak of salmonella going around. Hormel had to recall some of their Jennie-O ground turkeys due to people getting sick.