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What is California link to Canadian E. coli cases linked to Romaine Lettuce?

Romaine_Lettuce_Crop.jpgThe CBC reported yesterday that romaine lettuce is the likely source of an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Miramichi in April that sickened 18 at a Jungle Jim’s Restaurant. Dr. Eilish Cleary, the chief medical officer of health, said all of those in the study who were sick with E. coli O157:H7 appear to have consumed romaine lettuce.

“The lettuce was used in salads, as an ingredient in wraps and hamburgers and as a garnish. These results indicate a strong likelihood that contaminated lettuce was served at the restaurant,” Cleary said in a statement.

According to the CBC, the federal agency became aware that cases matching the E. coli O157:H7 strain involved in the Miramichi outbreak had also been identified in Quebec AND CALIFORNIA.

So, is the California case an ill person who ate lettuce in Canada and came to California, or ate lettuce in California – and where did the lettuce come from – California?  Canada?  Some where else?

Well, according to the CBC:

The lettuce is no longer in the marketplace and the investigation has been closed, the department said.

Boy, don’t you feel better now?

  • Paul F Schwarz

    What are they hiding from us? Why can’t they give us the origin?
    Paul A Schwarz
    December 18, 2011
    Section 51 Row 1 Grave 3 Ft Leavenworth/Leavenworth National Cemetery