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MOH: Don’t Consume Romaine Lettuce Imported From U.S. as It May Contain E. Coli

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MOH Warning: Romaine Lettuce Imported From U.S. Contaminated With E. Coli Bacteria - WORLD OF BUZZ 3
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If you have been keeping up with what has been happening in the United States, you would probably know that the country’s federal health officials issued a warning to consumers two days before Thanksgiving (20th November), instructing them to dispose of any Romaine lettuce they may have recently bought.

This is because of an outbreak of E. Coli (a pathogenic bacteria) that contaminated a large batch of this lettuce. It is believed that a large batch of this contaminated lettuce was produced by farms in the western state of California. So far, 32 people from 11 states across the U.S. have reportedly fallen sick after consuming Romaine lettuce.

MOH Warning: Romaine Lettuce Imported From U.S. Contaminated With E. Coli Bacteria - WORLD OF BUZZ 2

Source: CBC

Now, the Malaysian Ministry of Health has issued a statement yesterday (26th November), confirming that Malaysia does import Romaine lettuce from the U.S. and the ministry has been screening the imported lettuce using the ‘Stop, Test, and Release’ protocol that was initiated on 23rd November.

A translated excerpt from the statement translates,

“All sellers are requested to stop selling this product with immediate effect. Meanwhile, consumers are advised to check the label of the lettuce they intend to buy to determine the item’s country of origin. If consumers have already bought Romaine lettuce imported from the U.S., they are advised to not consume it.”

“Those who are experiencing food poisoning symptoms after consuming Romaine lettuce are advised to seek immediate medical attention at the nearest clinic or hospital.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, those who have consumed harmful strains of E. Coli bacteria can experience the following symptoms;

  • Persistent diarrhoea (ranges from mild and watery to severe and bloody)
  • Abdominal cramping or pain 
  • Nausea and vomiting
MOH Warning: Romaine Lettuce Imported From U.S. Contaminated With E. Coli Bacteria - WORLD OF BUZZ

Source: ABC

E. Coli can also cause more serious health complications among young children, the elderly, and those who have weakened immune systems. Some of these health complications can include kidney failure.

If you would like to find out more information, you can contact your nearest state and district health office accessible via the Health Ministry’s portal here, or you could get in touch with the Malaysian Food and Safety Quality Division via Facebook here

Remember to check where your lettuce is imported from and don’t forget to share this news with your friends and family! 

 

Also read: 2 People Have Died After Eating Contaminated Laksa in Kedah, Health Ministry Confirms

Health Ministry Confirms 2 Dead Victims Have Eaten Contaminated Laksa in Baling, Kedah - WORLD OF BUZZ 2

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