Health Canada says don't eat romaine until more is known about the outbreak and the cause of contamination.
But in a press release Wednesday, Sobeys, which has 1,500 grocery stories across the country operating as Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton's Drug Stores, said it has temporarily stopped the sale of more than 300 romaine lettuce products across the country due to the concern for the health of employees and customers.
Symptoms of E. coli infection include severe stomach cramps, diarrhoea which is often bloody, and vomiting, said the CDC.
The warnings indicate the romaine lettuce recall is widespread-unlike others that only apply to certain brands, states or stores, the CDC is now considering all romaine lettuce unsafe to eat.
The blanket warning to nix all romaine until further notice is frustrating to hydroponic growers like Gotham Greens, which grows, harvests and packs a variety of lettuces, including romaine, in controlled greenhouses in NY and Chicago.
That was a "point of frustration" then, said Warriner, because it left retailers and restaurants uncertain about whether to pull romaine lettuce from their shelves - something many ended up doing anyway.
32 people in 11 states, including MI have gotten sick from eating contaminated lettuce.
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"I think that the issue isn't that there's more unsafe food", Gottlieb said.
Complications can be life-threatening, including kidney failure.
News of another E. coli outbreak tied to leafy greens is "really disappointing" when proper tracing of last year's contamination, with the identical DNA footprint, might have prevented it, Sorscher said.
"At the end of the day what's frustrating is that it's good quality product that has to be destroyed for no reason", Puri said. For other consumers, the health agency has provided tips on lowering your risk of illness, including washing your hands and the produce thoroughly and discarding the outer leaves of fresh lettuce.
The refund extends to not just whole heads of romaine and hearts of romaine, but also bags and boxes of recut lettuce and salad mixes that have romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix and Caesar salad.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises people to "wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine was stored" and to see their health-care provider and notify public health authorities if they have symptoms of an E. coli infection.