CFIA Expanded Health Hazard Alert: Certain TANIMURA & ANTLE brand ROMAINE LETTUCE may contain E. coli O157:H7 bacteria
OTTAWA, August 20, 2012 – The public warning issued on August 17, 2012 has been expanded to include additional distribution information.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume the Tanimura & Antle brand Romaine Lettuce described below because this product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 bacteria.
The affected product, Tanimura & Antle brand Romaine Lettuce, produce of USA, is sold in a plastic package containing 1 head of lettuce. The package bears the UPC0 27918 20314 9. The affected product was sold at retail from August 8, 2012 through August 17, 2012.
This product has been distributed in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Nunavut, Yukon, and Northwest Territories.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria my cause serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses. Symptoms include severe abdominal pain and bloody diarrhoea. Some people may have seizures or strokes and some may need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis. Others may live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
The Canadian distributors are voluntarily recalling the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 /TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).
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