E.Coli outbreak linked to Romaine Lettuce from Salinas California Nov. 23rd 2019

Hello and Happy-ish Saturday everyone!

Unfortunately (and almost like clockwork) There has been an E.Coli outbreak in Romaine lettuce grown and produced in the Salinas California growing region.

E.coli in Romaine

While currently the “outbreak” is only being reported in the U.S. the CFIA is warning Canadians to avoid eating romaine grown in the region, and as of this morning at least 1 case has been reported in Canada that has the “fingerprint” as they’re calling it linking it to the growing region.

Here’s a quote from The Montreal Gazette

“PHAC joins the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration in advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce of any kind harvested from the Salinas Valley, one of California’s major agricultural regions, because it may be contaminated with a particularly dangerous type of E. coli bacteria that has sickened 40 people in 16 U.S. states.

Consumers are being advised to throw away any romaine lettuce they may already have purchased. Restaurants should not serve it, stores should not sell it, and people should not buy it, if it was harvested from Salinas, a growing area in Northern California. It doesn’t matter if it is chopped, whole head, precut or part of a mix.”

Another link to the CDC for some more information as well

And for the Global news page

A link to CBC news here

While the CFIA doesn’t have this listed as an outbreak, I’d just advise you to steer clear for safety sake.

I”ll update as the news comes in or if this changes to an official outbreak.

Thanks for reading folks, hope Caesar salads weren’t in your Saturday plans!



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