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While the investigation is ongoing, the CDC noted on Tuesday that those who were infected have the same strain as those who were stricken in a 2017 outbreak linked to leafy greens in the US and romaine lettuce in Canada.

Canadian companies can make their own assessment about whether to continue to sell romaine, Dimitri said Friday.

Multistate E.coli Outbreak In a statement, the FDA announced that it is investigating on a multistate outbreak that has already sickened 32 people in 11 states, and has resulted in 13 hospitalizations. "A traceback investigation" is underway to find the source of the romaine lettuce consumed by individuals who became ill, according to the agency. It doesn't help that both states are quite hot and romaine lettuce already requires an abundance of water, he said.

Illnesses have been reported in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Wisconsin, the CDC said.

In Laredo, the Health Department has checked with all retailers and are informing restaurants to remove all romaine lettuce.

Warriner conducted a study that showed romaine lettuce extracts prompted E. coli out of a dormant state, which it can remain in for about a year in soil, and allowed it to flourish.

In late September and early October, lettuce on store shelves could have come from Northern California's Salinas Valley, from Mexico, and many other locations, Horsfall said. "I am not the person to encourage people to get rid of good food.get rid of this romaine", says Environmental Studies Professor and Food Security Specialist, Annie Booth.

Although the outbreak is centred in Quebec and Ontario, grocery giants like, Loblaw, Sobeys and Walmart have made a decision to stop selling romaine lettuce at their stores nationwide.

It's reminiscent of a 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to spinach, Jones said.

When it comes to who is most financially affected by this, the Retail Council of Canada says most grocery retailers have agreements with suppliers stating that if there's a recall, the store doesn't have to pay for the lost product.

"Most people with an [E. coli] infection start feeling sick three to four days after eating or drinking something that contains the bacteria".