Don't Eat Lettuce from North America – You Might Get Sick

An E.coli outbreak in the United States and Canada has made people sick in 11 states.
Wednesday 21 November 2018
These leafy greens might make you sick. Photo: iStock

In the spirit of good health and conscientious eating, we all like to make ourselves feel better by picking up a head or two of lettuce (or if you’re lazy, by ordering one at the restaurant). Next time before you do, just make sure it’s not from the States or Canada.

An E. coli outbreak in North America has affected 11 states in the region and has resulted in the hospitalisation of 13 people out of a total reported 32. Thankfully, there have been no fatalities.

Romaine lettuce has had a troubled track record as of late. It’s not the first time it’s been recalled – there was an unrelated outbreak earlier in the year in April and previously in 2017. The strain that has been detected in this outbreak is reported to be the same strain involved in the 2017 one.

The authorities have not been able to determine the grower, supplier, distributor and brand of the infected lettuce yet, so as a preventative measure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that “Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick.”

Here’s how folks on the other side of the world are responding to the outbreak (apart from not eating it):

So when you next go grocery shopping, be sure to take a good look at the country of origin. The United States or Canada? Pass. And if you’re intent on making the healthy choice when dining out, it’s probably a good idea to skip the salad and opt for quinoa or something. May we suggest a cheat day is in order?

Source: Huffington Post