More cases in E. coli outbreak

Although the outbreak appears to be over the Public Health Agency of Canada says Canadians should 'always follow safe food handling tips for preparing lettuce.'

The last reported illness in the United States was on December 12, suggesting that the risk of buying food contaminated in the current outbreak had passed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement on Wednesday. Consumer Reports, however, is still saying to avoid romaine lettuce. Some individuals may develop a severe illness called hemolytic uremic syndrome, or HUS, which can be life-threatening, although most people recover in a few weeks.

But U.S. health authorities have said it's too early to blame leafy greens as the probe continues.

To be on the safe side, Consumer Reports suggests throwing out any romaine lettuce you may have in your fridge.

People are no longer being advised to consider other lettuces instead of romaine.

You've probably heard by now that 41 people in Canada have contracted E. coli from what possibly could have been contaminated romaine lettuce.

In all, 42 people, from five provinces, became ill, according to Public Health Agency Canada.

In her letter, the Democrat asked CDC to clarify the coordination between Canada and the US health authorities on the outbreak, and report any information CDC may have on "implicated suppliers, distributors or retailers".

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In the US, the CDC did not make any recommendations to the public about avoiding any foods in its initial December 28, 2017, media statement on the outbreak or in today's update.To date, only half of the USA victims have been interviewed by outbreak investigators.

Industry, watchdog reactionsThe statements today spurred very different reactions from produce industry groups and consumer advocates.

In response to these latest statements and developments, United Fresh released its own statement yesterday in response.

This is about the same timing of an outbreak of E. coli in Canada, which health officials declared over on Wednesday. As Bill Marler, a Seattle-based attorney specializing in food safety cases, said, "When in doubt, throw it out". Romaine lettuce is mostly eaten raw and washing it or any produce tainted with E. coli will not remove the harmful bacteria.

Health officials, Behm said, take action when there is clear and convincing information linking illness to a contaminated food.

Washing greens is a good idea, but won't necessarily get rid of unsafe E. coli, which can cling to nooks and crannies in the leaves, Rogers said. "In order to ensure that this threat to consumers' health won't continue or happen again, the government needs to identify the source".

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