The outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce appears to be over in Canada, with no new illnesses reported since mid-November, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Due to a possible E-coli contamination, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency says certain cauliflower, red leaf lettuce and green leaf lettuce products produced by Adam Bros. Farming Inc. of Santa Maria, Calif., have been recalled.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said 59 people have now been sickened by the tainted lettuce. Officials said a water reservoir at Adams Brothers Farms in Santa Barbara County, Calif., tested positive for the bacterial strain and the owners are co-operating with U.S. officials.
So far 24 Canadians have been infected during an outbreak of dangerous E. coli infection linked to romaine lettuce from California, an incident that is eerily similar to another outbreak a year ago.
The federal government is advising the food industry not to import romaine lettuce from areas in the U.S. suspected of producing lettuce contaminated with E. coli.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration believes it has traced the source of the latest E. coli outbreak. The agency said Monday the romaine linked to the outbreak appears to be from the California’s Central Coast region.
Unlike U.S. public health officials, who continue to warn all Americans not to eat romaine lettuce, the Public Health Agency of Canada is targeting its advisory only to Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, where E. coli cases have been confirmed.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is once again telling Canadians not to eat their leafy greens — especially romaine lettuce in Ontario and Quebec. Health officials in the U.S. and Canada are trying to confirm the source of a new E. coli outbreak. But once again, romaine is suspected.
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The E. coli strain currently suspected of making people sick in both Canada and the U.S. is the same that caused a similar outbreak last year, prompting questions about why regulators aren’t issuing a mandatory recall.