Romaine Lettuce E. Coli Outbreak Warning

November 20, 2018

The FDA along with CDC are investigating a multi state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce, saying “People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak”. Bermuda Department of Health officials say the warning does not apply to locally grown romaine lettuce.

A spokesperson said, “The Department of Health is aware of the large scale E. coli outbreak in the US and Canada associated with romaine lettuce. Authorities there are trying to control a series of outbreaks.

“Locally, Environmental Health will be contacting food suppliers to follow up. The warning does not apply to locally grown romaine lettuce.

“At this time there have not been reports locally to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. Surveillance will be able to confirm the source as food histories are taken of all reported confirmed gastroenteritis, including E. coli.

“The following advisory pertains to imported romaine lettuce. The public is advised to visit here.

“The FDA advises that consumers should not eat and discard romaine, or any mixed salads containing romaine, until more information on the source of the contamination and the status of the outbreak can be determined.

What Do Restaurants and Retailers Need To Do?

“Retailers, restaurants, and other food service operators should not serve romaine lettuce until more is known about this outbreak.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

“The FDA advises that consumers should not eat and discard romaine, or any mixed salads containing romaine, until more information on the source of the contamination and the status of the outbreak can be determined.”

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  1. Whistling Frog says:

    I hope all you folks who like to mow your lawns are taking notes. Pay your landscapers to start plowing instead on mowing and plant your seeds today.

  2. Well if the Government is gongho on growing medical marijuana, also consider being self sufficient with our home grown products.
    We currently have a shortage of bananas and lettuce.
    Convert Cross Island into a hurricane proof Green House.

    • lettuce pray says:

      Please stop you are damaging the image of the plp who are trying to convince us that they actually have good ideas.

  3. mumbojumbo says:

    Before purchase of porass greens check where the irrigation water comes from…put celery ina glass of water with food colorant innit and leave it overnight.