Sobeys pulls romaine lettuce from shelves

Sobeys pulls romaine lettuce from shelves

Both the United States and Canadian alerts, coming as millions of Americans planned their Thanksgiving Day menus, urged consumers, restaurants and retailers to throw out all romaine left in stock and sanitise their shelves.

Loblaw Companies Limited announced that it is recalling and removing romaine lettuce from its stores countrywide, out of what it calls "an abundance of caution". "Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator".

To date, there have been 18 confirmed cases of E. coli under investigation in two provinces: three in Ontario and 15 in Quebec. Thirteen people have been hospitalized, including one person who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.

According to USA Today, "health investigators have not been able to identify a single supplier of live turkeys or raw turkey products as the source of the outbreak".

The CMO's Office has further advised that consumers in St. Kitts and Nevis should discard any romaine lettuce that has been purchased recently.

Members of the Retail Council of Canada represent 97 per cent of the retail trade in the country.

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Shoppers on Vancouver Island may have to choose a different kind of lettuce for their salad in the days ahead because many local grocery stores are tossing romaine from their shelves.

It appears that this particular strain of E. coli matches what was found in patients from a 2017 outbreak in leafy greens.

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

On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that consumers should avoid eating romaine lettuce and demanded that retailers and restaurants remove it from store shelves and stop including it in meals.

According to a 2013 USA government report, leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are the biggest source of food poisoning.

No deaths have been reported. For other consumers, the health agency has provided tips on lowering your risk of illness, including washing your hands and the produce thoroughly and discarding the outer leaves of fresh lettuce.

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