Epidemiologic evidence from the United States and Canada indicates that romaine lettuce is a likely source of the outbreak.
Customers don't have to have a receipt for the refund but Lowrie said it would be helpful of they could return the romaine in its original packaging.
As a precautionary measure, AVA added that consumers who have bought romaine lettuce and are uncertain where the vegetable was sourced from should throw the lettuce away.
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: Locally, [the Department of] Environmental Health will be contacting food suppliers to follow up. In the same story, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb insists that it's not that there's more unsafe food, but that the CDC has "better technology than ever before to link outbreaks of human illness to a common pathogen".
The Ottawa resident -described by Ottawa Public Health as an adult under the age of 65 - did not report consuming romaine lettuce, although the person's infection has been confirmed to be connected to the outbreak in Ontario, Quebec and several USA states.
"This tells us that the same strain of E. coli is causing illness in Canada and the United States as was seen in 2017 and it suggests there may be a reoccurring source of contamination", says the health agency.
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The Centers for Disease Control is advising consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce as it investigates an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine.
Most people suffering from E. coli infections "recover completely on their own", the Public Health Agency of Canada said. It isn't clear why that is, but it could be because it is such a commonly used lettuce that gets sent to various places for chopping and processing, said Raghela Scavuzzo, manager of the Illinois Specialty Growers Association. Leafy greens, such as lettuce, can become contaminated in the field by soil, water, animals or improperly composted manure.
"E. coli bacteria pose a serious public health concern and the suspension of the importation of Romaine lettuce is a necessary and urgent step to protect the health of local consumers".
According to CNN, the CDC has conducted more investigations in 2018 than in any of the last ten years. But the current alert doesn't differentiate between where or how romaine is grown, so retailers and restaurants will have to dump Gotham's romaine even though its internal testing shows no E. coli contamination in its facilities.
McLinton said his members value food safety.