Romain Lettuce, United States, Canada discussed on Mark Levin



Shopper is looking for salad today encountered, some odd gaps on supermarket shelves the hearts of romaine had disappeared. So had the bags of Caesar salad. Mix. That's because the food and Drug administration has issued a warning throw away your Romain lettuce. It could be contaminated with poisonous E coli bacteria. The investigators were trying to track down the source of the contamination. Have the feeling they've seen this movie before and it's driving a more aggressive government response NPR's? Dan, Charles has the story over the past six weeks at least fifty people in the US and Canada have gone to the doctor suffering the symptoms of food poisoning. They were infected with E coli bacteria and most of them remembered eating romaine lettuce, which led to yesterday's warning from public health officials in both the US and Canada. And there was a detail in that announcement that really caught the attention of food safety experts this exact strain of e-coli bacteria had turned up. Before it caused a relatively small wave of illness a year ago, then seemed to disappear got more attention in Canada than in the US. The Canadians thought people were getting infected from Romain lettuce. The US government wasn't convinced. And now it's back. Jeff Farber at the university of Guelleh in Canada says this almost never happens. We usually do not see that with have like a year apart to shame strain of equal five seven still hanging around. And it's disturbing. He says to think that the source of the coli contamination. A year ago is still there making people sick, basically means it's never resolved teeth problem of where the equal ice train is coming from. He's optimistic. They'll find the source this time, I think it's very important that they do isolated. So we don't have have third outbreak. Because then I think. A lot of pressure to do something drastic. He says he doesn't know what that something drastic might be Lawrence Goodrich director of the food safety program at McGill University in Montreal says yesterday's announcement was actually a more drastic response than usual telling people to stop eating all Romain lettuce helps protect the public. But it also means a lot of economic damage to workers and companies that are selling healthy uncontaminated lettuce. So there's this fine line that has to be walked by the public house officials. He says, yes, it is a tiny number fifty people sick out of hundreds of millions, but he would advise people to follow the recommendations from public health authorities. I like to say that there's no need for the public to panic. But even one case is too much. And he's playing it safe. He says no romaine for him. Dan, Charles, NPR news..

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