E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in Ontario

Avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce

The Public Health Agency of Canada is warning residents in Ontario and Quebec to avoid eating romaine lettuce amid a current outbreak of E. coli infections. Recent illnesses indicate that “contaminated romaine lettuce may still be on the market, including in restaurants, grocery stores and any establishments that serve food.”

A public health releases warns to “avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination.”

There have been three confirmed cases of E. coli illness in Ontario and 15 in Quebec as of November 20. Illnesses were reported between mid-October and early November.

The following symptoms can appear within one to ten days after contact with the bacteria:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • mild fever
  • severe stomach cramps
  • watery or bloody diarrhea
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