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FOOD SAFETY UPDATE: Public Health Agency of Canada Investigates E. Coli O157 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

December 11, 2017

At this time, this update does not apply to any Markon First Crop, Ready-Set-Serve, or Markon Essentials products. 

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), along with provincial public health partners, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Health Canada investigate an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157 that is linked to romaine lettuce. At this time, there are no product recalls associated with this outbreak nor have the illnesses been traced back to a supplier, brand or region. The outbreak investigation is ongoing.

What we know:

  • To date, 21 people from 3 provinces, Quebec (3), New Brunswick (5), and Newfoundland and Labrador (13), have been infected with the outbreak strain of  E. Coli O157
    • 10 of the ill persons have been hospitalized
    • No deaths have been reported
  • Illnesses occurred in November 2017
  • Individuals who became ill are between the ages of 5 and 72
  • The majority of the cases (71%) are female

Click here to view the PHAC public notice.

For more information about E. Coli and details on the ongoing outbreak, click here to refer to the PHAC website.

Markon will continue to update members when more information becomes available.

Lianna Kelly

Food Safety Director

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