Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Massy Stores Pulls Romaine Lettuce From Shelves

Don't eat romaine lettuce: Health Canada This Is a Record Year for Foodborne Illnesses
Carol Daniels | 23 November, 2018, 02:33

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.

After 32 people in the USA were reported sick from E. coli poisoning in 11 states, with 13 of them hospitalised, U.S. health officials warned consumers on Tuesday not to eat any romaine lettuce and to throw away any they might have in their homes. Fifteen have been confirmed in Quebec. Ottawa Public Health has not said whether the person infected in Ottawa was hospitalized or suffered complications.

So far there are no deaths or reports of outbreaks in Florida.

The decision was taken through its Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspection Branch, in collaboration with the Public Health Division of the Ministry of Health. The majority are female.

'Retailers will be pulling romaine and possibly all other lettuce/leafy greens from their shelves (a process called quarantining) until the source is found'.

Below is the full statement issued by the Department.

But some individually owned shops said romaine was still being sold because officials had not specified the source of potentially contaminated lettuce, such as a farm or company.

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Geographic region They urge a group of food safety experts from the produce industry to come together as quickly as possible to closely examine information that may help pinpoint the specific source of the outbreak utilizing the extensive traceback information maintained by leafy greens producers.

Beyond warning consumers, the agency has told all retailers and restaurants to stop serving and selling romaine until they learn more about the outbreak. McLinton said the lack of a definitive recall from the federal government puts retailers in a hard situation. "At this point in time no recall has been issued".

"We did that out of an abundance of caution, knowing that we're going into a holiday weekend that is very centred on food", Cassell said.

With Romaine lettuce being a key ingredient in many of their menu items, she's hoping to be able to order clean lettuce soon, but expects the wait could go on.

McLinton said his members value food safety.

The authority also advised consumers to practice good food handling habits.

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