A number of major grocery stores have taken romaine lettuce products off their shelves until further notice.
The decision came the evening that Health Canada released a warning in Ontario and Quebec regarding a risk of E. coli infections associated with eating romaine lettuce.
The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised Canadians to not consume romaine lettuce products. To date, there have been 18 confirmed cases of E. coli under investigation in two provinces: three in Ontario and 15 in Quebec.
Six people have been hospitalized.
All items containing romaine lettuce are being pulled from shelves across Canada within Sobeys’ national store network.
Stores affected include Safeway, IGA, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, FreshCo and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as all Sobeys convenience store banners.
More than 300 items are being taken off shelves.
The removal of the items is temporary, and when romaine is deemed safe, customers will be able to find the crunchy greens in stores again.