Canadians are being warned not to eat romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California growing region.
While there have not been any cases of E. coli in Canada so far, the U.S. is currently investigating an outbreak linked to the lettuce from the Salinas region.
Additionally, the Public Health Agency of Canada has linked an instance of a Canadian illness that is similar to the illnesses being investigated in the U.S.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that romaine lettuce from the affected area of the U.S. investigation is imported to Canada during this time of year.
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This is the fourth instance Canadian consumers have been impacted by E. coli that has been linked to romaine lettuce, and, as a result, the CFIA has implemented measures to ensure contaminated lettuce isn’t being imported into Canada.
Those who have purchased romaine lettuce from the Salinas region are being advised not to eat it and to dispose of it instead.
Further, shoppers are advised to check all packaging of romaine lettuce in stores and to refrain from purchasing any from the Salinas region.
The symptoms of E. coli include nausea, vomiting, headache, mild fever, severe stomach cramps, and watery or bloody diarrhea. Most symptoms end within five or 10 days of when they start, and there is no way to speed recovery, although those suffering from symptoms are advised to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.