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NEW Loblaw Pulls Romaine from Shelves Due to E. Coli Outbreak

23 November 2018

The recent romaine lettuce recall has resulted in 32 people falling ill across 11 states.

The Ministry of Health is advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce originating from the United States.

Grocery giants Empire Company Ltd., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Metro Inc. said on Wednesday they were temporarily taking hundreds of products containing the vegetable off shelves at thousands of grocery stores that they own. "Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator".

So far, the Public Health Agency of Canada says the outbreak has made 15 people sick in Quebec and three in Ontario, where six needed hospitalization.

This is due to the risk of the antibiotics potentially increasing the chance of hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a type of kidney failure.

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The CDC says it doesn't know the source of the outbreak, but they do say this is not connected to the Yuma Arizona outbreak last spring.

All are likely linked to eating romaine lettuce contaminated by E. coli.

He says hundreds of millions of dollars will be lost across the country over the next few days, with distributors, growers and retailers stuck with the bill.

The nationwide recall of romaine lettuce couldn't have come at a worse time.

At least one person has died and more than 160 people have reportedly gotten sick in 35 states.

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

California may be the source of the E. coli-infected romaine lettuce sickening people across the USA and Canada. "I think what's happening is that we have better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen".

Most of Canada's romaine lettuce is imported from the US because Canada's growing season ended in August.

- The Center for Disease Control is continuing its warning to stay away from all romaine lettuce as the agency works to trace an E. coli outbreak.

So far there are no deaths or reports of outbreaks in Florida. Arguing that unlike field-raised crops, their romaine lettuce is never exposed to possible contamination sources from birds or animals.

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NEW Loblaw Pulls Romaine from Shelves Due to E. Coli Outbreak