Saturday 4 July, 2020

Health Ministry advises consumers not to eat romaine lettuce from US

The Ministry of Health is advising consumers not to eat romaine lettuce originating from the United States.

The Ministry is also advising wholesale distributors, supermarket and restaurant owners/managers not to offer for sale romaine lettuce in any form (such as in Caesar salads) to the public, until clearance is provided by the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry said it has noted that a Health Advisory issued by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA on November 20, has identified an outbreak of illnesses in North America relating to the food safety of romaine lettuce within the USA.

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The CDC also notes that the outbreak may be linked to a particular type of E. Coli Bacteria. 

The Ministry notes that thus far, there have been no reported cases of illness in Trinidad and Tobago as a result of persons consuming romaine lettuce.

The Ministry said members of the public exhibiting some of the following symptoms consistent with gastroenteritis should immediately contact their physician or the nearest health facility.
-        Diarrhea 
-        Severe stomach cramps  
-        Vomiting after consuming romaine lettuce  

The Ministry said it will continue to monitor this health concern and provide the public with further updates as and when necessary.

Members of the public may contact the Chemistry Food and Drugs Division (CFDD) at 623-5242,  or the Public Health Inspectorate (PHI) at 645-4589 or for further information. 


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