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Lettuce Suppliers Hit by Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Restaurants and supermarkets across the U.S. and Canada have suspended the use of romaine lettuce amid an ongoing investigation into a widespread outbreak of E.coli.

At least two people were killed and 58 sickened by E.coli outbreaks in Canada and the U.S., which authorities in Canada have linked to romaine lettuce.

Compass Group, the U.S.’s largest food service company, said it has suspended the use of romaine lettuce in all operations.

The firm, which supplies food to corporate cafes, hospitals and schools across the U.S., announced it had alerted its distributors and recommended “alternative leafy greens for use in the business.”

“This is an indefinite hold until the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDCP) provides more information,” it said.

Fast food chain Wendy’s said they had also removed salads containing romaine lettuce temporarily until more information is available.

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At least two people were killed and 58 sickened by E.coli outbreaks in Canada and the U.S., which authorities in Canada have linked to romaine lettuce.

Compass Group, the U.S.’s largest food service company, said it has suspended the use of romaine lettuce in all operations.

The firm, which supplies food to corporate cafes, hospitals and schools across the U.S., announced it had alerted its distributors and recommended “alternative leafy greens for use in the business.”

“This is an indefinite hold until the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (USCDCP) provides more information,” it said.

Fast food chain Wendy’s said they had also removed salads containing romaine lettuce temporarily until more information is available.

Read Full Article