That means romaine heads, hearts of romaine, baby romaine, chopped romaine, and any salad blend or mix that may contain romaine. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
The Public Health Agency of Canada said the 18 people who fell ill in connection to the outbreak in Canada reported their cases between mid-October and early November, and one complained of suffering a severe complication related to it. People who develop complications may need further treatment, like dialysis for kidney failure.
Avoid all romaine lettuce, but don't worry about your turkey.
For now the only romaine you'll find in Country Grocer is in the back room cooler, where it is waiting to be tossed. Officials did find the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in canal water that was near romaine lettuce fields in Yuma, Arizona this summer. In the meantime, the CDC is advising consumers not to eat it and asking retailers and restaurants not to serve any romaine lettuce until more is known about the outbreak.
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Besides the romaine outbreak, there's a long-running widespread salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey in the U.S. It also can genetically link the identified pathogens in human illness to actual food sources.
Six people have been hospitalized.
Most of Canada's romaine lettuce is imported from the USA because Canada's growing season ended in August. For other consumers, the health agency has provided tips on lowering your risk of illness, including washing your hands and the produce thoroughly and discarding the outer leaves of fresh lettuce.