Coli Infections Linked To Romaine Lettuce

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With the growing and harvesting season over there, according to the FDA, people may eat romaine lettuce that has been hydroponically or greenhouse grown, or has been harvested from the winter growing desert regions of the United States, and is labelled such. To date, all products that have been tested have been negative for E. coli.

After posting the advisory Tuesday, the FDA investigated the outbreak over the Thanksgiving holiday period.

This most recent confirmed case is in an adult under the age of 65. On top of that, Canada's Public Health Agency has identified patients infected with the same DNA fingerprint of E. coli.

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. Only one of the hospitalized patients developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a life-threatening disease affecting the kidneys. "The involved areas include the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California".

If you would like to find out more information, you can contact your nearest state and district health office accessible via the Health Ministry's portal here, or you could get in touch with the Malaysian Food and Safety Quality Division via Facebook here. But McEntire said it's not known for sure how the romaine became contaminated in the Yuma outbreak.

This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of precut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad. "If it is infected with E. coli, it can cross-contaminate other foods". The illness typically lasts for five to seven days. There is no real treatment for E. coli infections, other than monitoring the illness, providing comfort, and preventing dehydration through proper hydration and nutrition.

Health Canada provides food-related health risk assessments to determine whether the presence of a certain substance or microorganism poses a health risk to consumers. But it won't end pressure on FDA to move swiftly to finalize produce water safety standards that are part of the Food Safety Modernization Act but have been delayed several years after produce growers, local food advocates and others connected to the sector criticized the regulations as being too complicated and unworkable for growers.

The Government of Canada will continue to update Canadians as new information related to this investigation becomes available.

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