The Public Health Agency of Canada is investigating an ongoing outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario, which has now been linked to shredded lettuce distributed to certain restaurants.
To date, 30 related cases of illness have been identified with onset of symptoms between late December and early January. The investigation has identified a link with shredded lettuce supplied by Freshpoint Inc. and distributed to some KFC and KFC-Taco Bell restaurants, but not sold in retail outlets. The origin of the lettuce has been traced to California, but the source of contamination has not been identified. A recall of any remaining products has been initiated.