Published On: Sun, Jan 13th, 2013

Shredded lettuce ‘the most probable cause’ of Eastern Canada’s E. coli outbreak

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In a follow-up to a story Friday, preliminary findings from the Public Health Agency of Canada investigation into the E. coli O157:H7 that has sickened at least 16 people in Ontario and Atlantic Canada shows that shredded lettuce distributed to fast food restaurants may be the source, according to a recent  Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) release.

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.

Canadian health officials say contaminated products are unlikely to still be available on the market since lettuce has a short shelf life.

However, as a precaution, health officials are recalling any remaining product from restaurant inventories and United States officials have been notified of the situation.

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