The Public Health Agency of Canada identified romaine lettuce as the source of the outbreak in Canada.
This is about the same timing of an outbreak of E. coli in Canada, which health officials declared over on Wednesday.
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), a microbiologist, affirmed DeLauro's sentiments in a statement to Consumer Reports: "The delay in CDC or FDA providing updated information to consumers is very disappointing.Timely information is critical to avoid potentially contaminated foods and I call on FDA to take all necessary steps to protect public health". Thirteen U.S. states have been affected, prompting a stern warning from Consumer Reports earlier this January.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced seven new cases of E. coli infections, all of which seem to linked to leafy greens, in their ongoing investigation of the recent deadly outbreak.
Fewer than 20 Americans have officially been diagnosed with the same strain, and they are spread across 13 states. The last reported illness started on December 12, 2017. "We think it's important to avoid eating romaine until the cause of this outbreak is determined", said Jean Halloran, Consumer Reports Food Policy Expert.
"It is clear that the E. coli bacteria that made the US victims and the Canadian victims sick are closely related".
The CDC said the likely source of the USA outbreak appears to be leafy greens, but it is not recommending Americans avoid any particular food at this time. Two people developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure.
Consumer Reports issued a warning late last week about eating romaine.
Which is why, although Canadian officials urged consumers to avoid romaine lettuce, US health authorities have not yet identified which type of "leafy greens" had led to the spread of the illness.
In all, 42 people, from five provinces, became ill, according to Public Health Agency Canada. Another problem with E. coli infection is that it can contaminate the food at any stage of its production.
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