Sobeys and Metro have both announced they are removing all romaine lettuce from their stores across Canada after receiving warnings about a major E. coli outbreak linked to the vegetable.
The warnings came yesterday after US officials warned people not to eat any romaine lettuce after an E. coli outbreak came to light. The warning was later extended yesterday to Ontario and Quebec, where the government warned Canadians and restaurants not to serve or eat any romaine lettuce.
According to the CDC in the United States, where the warnings originated, romaine lettuce is unsafe to eat in any form right now. They say it contains a particularly dangerous type of E. Coli bacteria.
This broad warning extends to Romaine in all forms and from all growers in the United States and now parts of Canada. What's most concerning is that investigators at the CDC haven't been able to identify the exact source of the outbreak yet.
Despite the Canadian warning only being officially issued in Ontario and Quebec, Sobeys has decided to temporarily remove all the romaine from its stores across the country. The move is out of concern for consumer and worker health.
Metro only operates in Ontario and Quebec, but removed romaine lettuce from all its stores in those provinces as well.
In the warning from the Government yesterday, they confirmed that so far there have been 18 cases of E. coli in Ontario and Quebec. Out of those six people have been hospitalized. No one has died yet.
There is a range of symptoms of E. coli, but they include nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps and watery or bloody diarrhea. If people think they may have contracted E. coli they are urged to contact a doctor, especially if their symptoms last more than 10 days.
Source: Global News