LAST UPDATED: NOV. 27/18;
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: Nov. 20/18

As of Nov. 20, the Public Health Agency of Canada has been advising individuals in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick to avoid eating romaine lettuce and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce until more is known about an outbreak of E. coli infections reported in those provinces, and several U.S. states.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is collaborating with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, as well as the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA), to investigate the outbreak and the cause of contamination.

Currently, there is no evidence to suggest that residents in other parts of Canada are affected by this outbreak.

The outbreak investigation is ongoing.

On Nov. 26, the U.S. FDA and U.S. CDC released new information about the ongoing outbreak investigation, as well as new actions being taken by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in collaboration with Canada’s food industry. At this time, there have been no changes to the public health advice for Canadians.

Click here to read the federal government’s public health notice, which will be updated as the Canadian investigation evolves.

Click here to learn about the actions that the CFIA is taking with Canada’s food industry.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to Lauren van den Berg, Restaurants Canada National Vice President, Government Affairs, at Lauren@restaurantscanada.org or David Lefebvre, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Federal and Quebec, at DLefebvre@restaurantscanada.org.

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