E.coli outbreak; warning not to eat romaine lettuce in Ontario & Quebec

Photographer: Alfonso Cenname

Photographer: Alfonso Cenname


“The strain of E. coli bacteria that has prompted the Public Health Agency of Canada to warn people not to eat romaine lettuce in Ontario and Quebec is the same one that caused a similar outbreak last year, prompting questions about why the federal government has stopped short of issuing a mandatory recall,” wrote Nicole Ireland for CBC News on November 20, 2018.

Ireland continued, “”Basically it’s lightning striking twice,” said Prof. Keith Warriner, a microbiologist specializing in food safety at the University of Guelph, noting that the strain, E. coli O157, is particularly “virulent,” meaning it makes people sick more often than other forms of the bacteria. 

“It’s worrying that it’s the same strain [of E. coli as last year], which basically means it’s the same source. And that means they never solved the problem,” he said.”

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