Canadian E. coli outbreak linked walnuts appears to be over; 1 dead 13 sick
Posted: June 26th, 2011 - 10:46am
Canadians rejoice: the E. coli O157 outbreak that sickened 14, apparently linked to walnuts, is over.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says other than walnuts distributed by Montreal-based Amira Enterprises, there's no indication that raw, shelled walnuts pose a health risk and therefore it is no longer recommending that Canadians roast raw, shelled walnuts before eating them.
One patient in Quebec with an underlying medical condition died during the outbreak, which also affected people in Ontario and New Brunswick.
The agency says that based on the information available, raw, shelled walnuts are still the suspected source of the outbreak, although it was never confirmed by laboratory testing of walnuts.
"Although positive laboratory findings would confirm, negative findings do not disprove walnuts as the suspected source of the outbreak."
I look forward to the scientific report on this outbreak that will be available … probably never.