E. coli O157:H7 Strain Reported in Canada
OTTAWA, CANADA - Today, the Canadian Produce Marketing Association announced the Canadian Food Inspection Agency reported a recall of a salad kit due to the E. coli O157:H7 strain effective yesterday, December 8. The product recalled was a line of salad kits using romaine lettuce grown in the affected Salinas, California, region.
According to CPMA’s press release, the regions affected were listed as: New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec. The CFIA is warning consumers not to consume the recalled product bearing a Best Before date up to and including 07DE19 (Dec. 7, 2019) and a lot code beginning with “Z” from Salinas. This product is not likely to be available at retail stores, but may still be in consumer’s homes even though most growers we speak to in California have fully transitioned to Yuma, Arizona.
The recall was triggered due to findings discovered by the CFIA during its investigation into a foodborne illness outbreak. More updates will be posted if other high-risk products are recalled. CFIA reiterates that food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled, it can still make you sick.
While the advisory for both this and the previous reports from the CDC and FDA are still in effect, the majority of growers ANUK has reached out to have confirmed they completed transition out of the Salinas region.
For more updates on the outbreak, keep reading AndNowUKnow.