Sixteen people have become ill - ten of them in Ontario and the balance in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador - and four people have been hospitalized.
On Sunday, the CFIA issued a food recall warning for Fresh Express brand Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit, 315g packages, UPC Code: 0 71279 30906 4, beginning with lot code Z. The products have a best before date up to and including 07DE19.
The salad mix includes romaine lettuce, but it's unclear at this time if the outbreak is linked to a more widespread outbreak of contaminated salad from the Salinas, Cal., region.
The CFIA says the salad kits are likely no longer on store shelves, but may be in the homes of some consumers.
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As of December 8 there have been 16 confirmed cases of illness from E. coli linked to this outbreak in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador, said the CFIA. The recall comes amid an ongoing investigtion into E.coli infections that have been found in five provinces.
Retailers and restaurants were asked to not sell or serve the salad kit as the investigation into the source of contamination continues.
The CIFA said recalled products should be thrown out or returned to the store where they were purchased.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the latest multistate outbreak, which sickened eight people in upper-Midwest states and 16 in Canada, involves a different E. coli strain than the one involved in a previous set of illnesses announced before Thanksgiving. Severe cases of the illness can lead to seizures, strokes, kidney damage and death. In severe cases of illness, people may die.