Six Canadians have fallen ill with E. coli linked to romaine lettuce. (Photo by Mercedes/Flickr)

Well, here’s some news to scare you off a Caesar salad for a while.

Six Canadians have fallen ill to a strain of E.coli that’s linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma growing regions in the United States, according to Health Canada.

A public health notice released by the Public Health Agency of Canada on Wednesday, May 9, says that two of the six individuals had travelled to the U.S. before they became sick.

The U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating an outbreak of E. coli linked romaine lettuce from the previously mentioned Yuma region.

All six cases in Canada share a genetic fingerprint with the E. coli cases reported in that investigation, and were reported in four provinces: British Columbia (1), Alberta (1), Saskatchewan (2), and Ontario (2).

Based on current information, the PHAC says the risk to Canadians is low. Still, it’s suggested that Canadians pay attention to the ongoing U.S. investigation and use precautions when buying produce or travelling across the border.

Or, you know… just make your salads with spinach for a little while.

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