Romaine lettuce is getting yanked from the shelves of local grocery stores.
The Public Health Agency of Canada states that as of Wednesday (Nov.21), there have been 19 confirmed cases of E. coli illness in the country. None of the cases have been in Alberta.
So far, eight people have been hospitalized. One person suffered from hemolytic-uremic syndrome, which is a severe complication that can result from an E. coli infection. No deaths have been reported.
As a precautionary measure, Walmart, Loblaws (No Frills), Freson Bros. and Sobeys (Safeway) have stopped selling romaine lettuce.
The most likely source of the outbreak is from the California region. As Co-op doesn't get their product from the area, they have kept it on the shelves. However, the chain will offer a refund if a customer is weary of the situation.
In the Fort, a number of restaurants have also pulled the product off their menu.
So far no products in Canada have been recalled.