Don’t eat romaine lettuce, Health Canada says

A head of romaine lettuce. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – Food regulators in Canada and the United States are warning people not to eat romaine lettuce after a new outbreak of food poisoning.

Thirty-two people in 11 states have fallen ill from E. coli, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.

In Canada, 18 people have been sick in Ontario and Quebec in the past few weeks.

Officials have been able to trace the outbreak as “genetically related” to the previous E. coli outbreak in December 2017 but the exact source of the contamination hasn’t been found.

In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention it telling people to throw the lettuce out, if they have it.

The advisory covers not only heads of romaine lettuce but also bagged salad mixes that have romaine lettuce in them.