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Americans, Canadians warned not to eat romaine lettuce over E. coli outbreak

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 9:26 AM
This January 24, 2012, file photo shows a Caesar salad with romaine lettuce. Food regulators are urging Americans not to eat any romaine lettuce because of a new food poisoning outbreak. The FDA says it’s investigating an E. coli outbreak that has sickened over two dozen people in several states. The FDA says it’s working with officials in Canada, where officials are also warning against romaine lettuce. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials in the U.S. and Canada have told people to stop eating romaine lettuce because of a new E. coli outbreak.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is working with officials in Canada on the outbreak, which has sickened 32 people in 11 states and 18 people in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

The strain identified is different than the one linked to romaine earlier this year but appears similar to last year’s outbreak linked to leafy greens.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency doesn’t have enough information to ask suppliers for a recall, but he suggested that supermarkets and restaurants should withdraw romaine until the source of the contamination can be identified.

People are also being advised to throw out any romaine they have at home.

The contaminated lettuce is likely still on the market, Gottlieb told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

He said FDA wanted to issue a warning before people gathered for Thanksgiving meals, where the potential for exposure could increase.

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