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Advisory on the importation of Romaine Lettuce into St. Kitts and Nevis from the United States of America (USA)

On Wednesday November 21, 2018, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the withdrawal / recall of all romaine lettuce imported from the USA because romaine lettuce was implicated in a multistate outbreak of E. coli bacteria infection. The investigation of this outbreak by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U. S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is ongoing.

In light of the latest U.S. FDA Statement, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hazel Laws, has advised the following:
1. Only romaine lettuce from the U.S. States of Arizona and Florida can be imported into the Federation at this time.
2. All wholesalers, retailers and consumers must not sell, distribute, serve or consume romaine lettuce imported from the USA without a label showing its harvest location and harvest date (after November 30, 2018). If you do not know where the romaine lettuce is from, do not eat it.

 

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