While the lettuce has been infected with E.Coli in the US - in an outbreak that has sent 31 people to hospital in recent weeks - no traces of the bacteria appears to have affected Canadian produce, the agency said.
Since no single grower, brand, or distributor has been implicated in the outbreak, consumers should also dispose of any store-bought romaine lettuce they already have at home, the advisory says.
The CDC noted that product labels often don't identify growing regions; any lettuce not marked should be tossed, even if part of it has been eaten and nobody became ill. If you can not confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it. The CDC has advised consumers to avoid romaine lettuce altogether unless they are able to confirm that it was grown elsewhere.
Three new illnesses were reported in the state of Alaska this week for eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from Yuma. "Ask your suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce", the CDC said.
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But on April 19, 2018, Alaska health officials announced that several people in the correctional facility who got sick with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 ate whole-head romaine lettuce from Yuma. It is possible for people who come into contact with the germ to contract a type of kidney failure known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), according to the CDC.
Call a doctor if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection and report your illness to your local health department. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads.
It can take weeks to track down the source of a food poisoning outbreak.
Last winter, Consumer Reports criticized the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration for not warning people away from romaine lettuce when there was a similar outbreak, but the CDC said at the time that it couldn't pinpoint what type of salad green might be responsible.