All romaine lettuce harvested in California and salads from across the United States will be restricted when entering Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) made the announcement on Nov. 30 that romaine lettuce from the California counties of Monterrey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, and Ventura and all salads from across the U.S. must meet certain import rules in order to cross the border.
All shipments from California and salads containing romaine lettuce must be accompanied by a letterhead showing proof of origin signed by the exporter declaring the municipality, county, and state where the lettuce was harvested; and salads that don’t contain romaine lettuce will have to be accompanied by a letterhead signed by the exporter with a declaration that “Does not contain romaine lettuce.”
Since mid-October, there have been 22 reported cases of E.coli illnesses related to the consumption of romaine lettuce from the U.S.
The CFIA is advising shipment delays as the number of inspections is expected to rise.