The CDC e Coli research team initially reported on an outbreak affecting multiple states. I am not a fan of government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, this organization spends time and money investigating food problems.
A current and recent outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 seems to have killed one person in Canada and another person in the United States. I take food seriously as a mostly raw food vegan. I actually like eating romaine lettuce when making salads. The Center for Disease Control is still investigating this e coli outbreak.
This organization has not found the exact food source, causing these cases of E coli. However, they are investigating cases of illness both in Canada and the United States from Romaine lettuce. No food and or product recalls have been instituted by the Center for Disease Control and prevention.
A total of thirteen states have reported seventeen cases of illness coming from Romaine Lettuce.
* New Hampshire
* New York
“Preliminary results show that the type of E. coli making people sick in both countries is closely related genetically, meaning the ill people are more likely to share a common source of infection,”
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson
These cases of e coli infections began last November in the United States and December in Canada. Individuals in Canada have narrowed down these infections to Romaine Lettuce. However, their government agency, The Public Health Agency of Canada has not required any mandatory recalls. One Canadian grocery store chain Sobey’s has mandated a voluntary recall of Romaine lettuce.
E Coli are bacteria normally found in animals, food, and humans. Most e coli bacteria are healthy and actually help you digest your food. Obviously, sometimes this bacteria can cause problems including even death.