Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2013

Canada E. coli outbreak linked to KFC and Taco Bell lettuce increases to 28 cases



In a update to a report Sunday, the number of cases in the Canadian Maritimes and Ontario E. coli O157:H7 outbreak is up to 28 after two additional cases of E. coli O157:H7 illness were confirmed in Ontario, according to a  Public Health Agency of Canada notice Jan. 14.

To date, there are 6 cases in New Brunswick, 10 in Nova Scotia and 12 in Ontario. The majority of cases have recovered or are recovering. Additional cases of illness may be identified and linked to this outbreak in the future.

As reported earlier, preliminary evidence suggests the source may be FreshPoint Inc. shredded lettuce that originated in California and is distributed to some Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and KFC-Taco Bell restaurants.

A Food Poisoning Bulletin report Tuesday states that Freshpoint Toronto is recalling more salads for possible E. coli 0157:H7 contamination. The recalled salads are sold under the brand names Sysco, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Yum, and Freshpoint.


Read the Public Health Agency of Canada E. coli Fact Sheet for more information on the infection

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