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E. coli Associated with KFC and Taco Bell Sickens 26 in Canada

EMSL Analytical offers advanced microbiology testing services to detect E. coli and other foodborne pathogens.


According to FoodHACCP Newsletter, shredded lettuce produced by Freshpoint Inc. and sold at KFC and KFC-Taco Bell has caused an E. coli outbreak in Canada resulting in a recall.

To date there have been 26 illnesses associated with this outbreak: six in New Brunswick, ten in Nova Scotia, and ten in Ontario. Those affected by this outbreak have recovered or are recovering; however, as the investigation continues more cases of illness may arise.

The source of the contamination has not yet been identified, but the lettuce was originally produced in California. Public health officials are investigating whether food safety measures were followed along the production and supply chain.
Those infected with E. coli typically experience nausea, stomach cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to developing a severe infection where hospitalization may be necessary.

“Individuals infected with E. coli may begin to experience symptoms 3-4 days after consuming contaminated food, and symptoms can last up to 10 days.” states Dr. Jason Dobranic Ph.D., EMSL’s Vice President of Microbiology & Life Sciences. “EMSL Analytical is one of the industry’s leading food testing laboratories offering analysis of E. coli and other foodborne pathogens at our Greater Toronto location.”
For more information about EMSL’s testing services, please contact EMSL at 800-220-3675, email , or visit

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
EMSL Analytical is a full service testing company providing quality lab services under the same private ownership since 1981. Including the corporate lab facility in Cinnaminson, NJ, EMSL Analytical operates over thirty laboratories nationwide in the US and Canada. We provide analytical services for environmental, indoor air quality (IAQ), industrial hygiene, forensics and materials science, consumer products, food safety, PCR, pharmaceutical, asbestos, lead, and radiological samples. The company has an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations, as well as state and federal regulating bodies.


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