The Public Health Agency of Canada says the outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce is now over.
In December after a number of reports of illness in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia the outbreak of E. coli O157 was declared. A few cases were also reported in Ontario.
Public Health Agency investigators found Romaine lettuce as the source of the E. coli.
“The risk to Canadians has returned to low and the Public Health Agency of Canada is no longer advising individuals in affected provinces to consider consuming other types of lettuce, instead of romaine lettuce,” it said in an update published on its website Wednesday evening.
Health officials are advising the public to protect themselves against E. coli infection by thoroughly washing their hands, as well as kitchen counters, cutting boards, utensils etc. Also all fresh produce should be washed thoroughly.
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