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Consider Avoiding Salad Greens: A Safety Report


Trisha Calvo, Deputy Content Editor, Health & Food @ConsumerReports has written that there is a nasty strain of E. coli bacteria which has made at least 50 people ill in several U.S. states and in Eastern Canada.

 

During the past eight weeks, five people in the U.S. have been hospitalized. One person has died here and there has been one reported death in Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On January 5th, the CDC confirmed that the strain of E. coli detected in the U.S. is a “virtual genetic match” with the strain of E. coli which has caused illnesses in Canada. Canadian health authorities have identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak there.

 

In spite of the announcement of that genetic similarity, investigators in the U.S. are still unsure that romaine lettuce is the cause of the outbreak here, according to Matthew Wise, M.P.H., Ph.D., who is the head of the Outbreak Response Team of the CDC.

 

Matthew said they hope to conclude their investigation into romaine lettuce and other leafy greens within the next two weeks. Notwithstanding Canada’s advisory to their populace to “consider consuming other types of lettuce instead of romaine,” health officials in the U.S. have not recommended people avoid romaine lettuce or any other food.

 

This is a very informative article which is well worth the read. You can find Trisha’s full article here: http://bit.ly/2D0iU5g


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