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Guyana bans importation of romaine lettuce from US over E-Coli concerns

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 3:19 PM
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GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute on Monday announced a temporary restriction on the importation of romaine lettuce from the United States.

The agency said the move comes on the heels of an outbreak of the E-Coli bacteria in the lettuce in the US.

Most strains of E. coli are not harmful but are part of the healthful bacterial flora in the human gut.

However, some types can cause illness in humans, including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fever, and sometimes vomiting.

The agency said it will not be issuing import permits and will be recalling all permits issued within the past three months for romaine lettuce owing to the outbreak of E.coli.

It said the restriction will be removed when Guyana is notified by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States that the threat has been removed from the product. 

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