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Romaine Lettuce Outbreak Sickened 9 in CA in April

Last week, the California Department of Public Health confirmed to Food Safety News that a number of E. coli O157:H7 infections in California were connected to an outbreak in New Brunswick, Canada, traced to romaine lettuce served at Jungle Jim’s restaurant in Miramichi.

Now, California officials have told eFoodAlert author Phyllis Entis that the California cases involve nine illnesses, most of whom ate at the same undisclosed restaurant in April.

The California and Canada restaurants both served lettuce grown at the same Californian farm. The lettuce was also sent to Quebec, where one additional case has been reported.

Considering the field had been harvested long before health officials traced the infections back to the farm, they say the cause will likely never be determined, but that the lettuce has expired and no longer poses a public health threat.

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