Lettuce Not Go Through This Again

Romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli came from California

Romaine lettuce grown in California is on the radar once again. The Public Health Agency of Canada says a Manitoba resident became sick last month after eating romaine lettuce linked to an E. coli outbreak from California.

Loblaw has sent out a recall notice to customers through its loyalty program, PC Optimum.

South of the border, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 40 people in 16 states have fallen ill due to an E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California.

Canadian and U.S. officials are advising anyone with romaine lettuce in their fridge that is from the Salinas region to throw it out immediately. There is a label on most products indicating where the lettuce was grown.

Lab tests confirm this most recent illness in Canada is linked to the previous E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce in the last to years.

Health officials say this may indicate a reoccurring source of contamination.

An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce last year sickened 29 people in Canada, most from Quebec. Officials were unable to determine how the lettuce became contaminated with the bacteria.

Symptoms of E. coli include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mild fever, severe stomach cramps and headaches.