Has the E coli outbreak in the US this spring, linked to Romaine lettuce, found its way north? There are reports this week, that 6 Canadians have now contracted the same strain of the bacteria, that’s made almost 150 people ill in dozens of US states this spring. But officials say there’s no reason to believe that romaine lettuce from the states made its way here. Those that became ill are from BC, Alberta, two from Saskatchewan and two from Ontario. They got sick between late March and the middle of last month. At least two of the Canadians that became ill, had travelled to the US and ate lettuce, while they were there.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said it continues to monitor the situation south of the border and “if it is determined that contaminated lettuce has been imported into Canada, the Agency will take the necessary steps to protect the public, including recalling the product as required.”