New information on the deadly E. coli outbreak in the U.S. and Canada. Consumer Reports advises people to continue to avoid
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are seven new E. coli cases in the U.S. in an ongoing outbreak.
Across Canada and 15 U.S. states, dozens have been infected and two people have died.
Canada pointed to romaine lettuce as the source of its outbreak. The CDC says the likely source of the U.S. outbreak appears to
be leafy greens, but it is not recommending Americans avoid any particular food at this time.
Consumer Reports still warns against eating romaine.
“We think it’s importantat to avoid eating romaine until the cause of this outbreak is determined,” said Jean Halloran,
Consumer Reports Food Policy Expert
Romaine lettuce is mostly eaten raw and washing it or any produce tainted with E. coli will not remove the harmful bacteria.
Consumer Reports says it’s also important to remember it’s not just the romaine found in your grocery store, but also what you
may find in a cafeteria or restaurant. Some companies including the fast food chain Wendy’s and Compass, the country’s largest
food service company, have voluntarily withdrawn all romaine lettuce for now.