Tanimura & Antle Romaine Lettuce E. coli OutbreakTwo Canadians became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating Romaine lettuce produced by Tanimura & Antle in August of 2012. The lettuce was grown in California and was exported to Canada.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) first learned of the potential hazard to Canadian consumers in mid-August, 2012, when a sample of lettuce imported from California tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. The agency issued a "Health Hazard Alert" notice, warning the public not to consume the Tanimura & Antle lettuce on August 17, 2012. By August 20, both the CFIA and the U.S. food and Drug Administration had announced that Tanimura & Antle was recalling "Wrapped Single Head Romaine" due to potential E. coli contamination.
According to Canadian health authorities, the people who became ill with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating the lettuce were from Ontario and Alberta. Marler Clark represents the family of the Alberta woman, who died following her E. coli infection, in a claim against Tanimura & Antle.