The Public Health Agency of Canada says that the outbreak of E. coli bacteria linked to romaine lettuce “seems over”.
In a new opinion published Wednesday, the agency argues that the risk of contamination “is again low” and that it “no longer recommends consuming lettuce types other than Roman”.
To support this new position, the agency reports that no new cases of contamination have been reported since 12 December.
However, despite the opening of an investigation on December 11, the Public Health Agency of Canada and its partners in the various provinces affected by the outbreak of the bacteria have never been able to identify the cause of the contamination.
The outbreak of Escherichia coli O157 , commonly known as E. coli, has spread to five provinces in eastern Canada: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador. -Labrador.
A total of 42 cases of people made sick by the bacteria have been identified. One person died and 17 other victims had to be hospitalized after being infected.
According to the public health press release, all samples analyzed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency “were negative in the E. coli O157 test”.
Although it no longer recommends avoiding the consumption of romaine lettuce, the Public Health Agency advises washing hands before and after handling lettuce and washing the leaves if the packaging does not indicate they have already been washed.
In the United States, the Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the Food and Drug Administration and several states say they are continuing their investigation to determine the source of the outbreak that has affected 15 states.