Health department alert over romaine lettuce

Health department alert over romaine lettuce

Authorities in the United States are trying to control a series of outbreaks.

It can take a week for symptoms to appear in some cases and by then, asking someone to recall everything they ate the week before might be hard and thus, impact a health agency's comfort in taking action against a particular source of the outbreak, Neumann said.

“At this time, there have not been reports locally to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit.

"Later, test results confirmed, laboratory confirmation, that the case was in fact linked to the outbreak of E.coli infections".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to "wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored" and to see their health-care provider and notify public health authorities if they have symptoms of an E. coli infection. Officials say lab analysis suggests there may be a reoccurring source of contamination.

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The Ottawa case is one of three confirmed in Ontario. There is no real treatment for E. coli infections, other than monitoring the illness, providing comfort, and preventing dehydration through proper hydration and nutrition.

"This is a problem that could have been prevented if FDA had been able to find the root cause in that case and taken appropriate steps with the farmers", Sorcscher said. Most cases are mild, so don't panic. People in the spring outbreak were infected with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria with a different DNA fingerprint. Romaine also grows loosely, unlike iceberg lettuce, which has a more contained head, potentially increasing the likelihood of contamination, she said. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.

Under the Consumer Protection Act, consumers are therefore to refrain from purchasing or consuming imported Romaine lettuce until further notice. Leafy greens, such as lettuce, can become contaminated in the field by soil, water, animals or improperly composted manure. Even if you have romaine that you've eaten and haven't gotten sick from, throw it out. "I think food safety should take priority".

"At the end of the day what's frustrating is that it's good quality product that has to be destroyed for no reason", Puri said. "It provides more transparency and traceability".

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