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Canada requires romaine lettuce from parts of California to be tested for E. coli

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 6, 2020
To mitigate risk in the event of another outbreak this fall, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is implementing temporary import measures aimed at preventing contaminated food from entering the marketplace.
Romaine lettuce
E. coli   Romaine lettuce
Effective October 7, 2020, the CFIA will require importers to either provide proof that romaine lettuce destined for import into Canada does not originate from counties in the Salinas Valley, or provide an official certificate of analysis from an accredited laboratory confirming that the lettuce has below-detectable levels of E. coli.

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CFIA is working closely and collaboratively with the US Food and Drug Administration to identify and respond to any potential outbreaks, and continues to put in place effective preventive controls.

The testing applies to romaine lettuce as well as mixed salads containing romaine, and will be required until December 31, 2020.