A local lettuce producer wants you to know the romaine lettuce e-coli scare doesn’t reach everyone, including himself. Joe Slegers from Slegers Greenhouses says his produce is fine, but is still losing business as restaurants and retailers are pulling the plug on the green because of the negative public image romaine lettuce faces.
Slegers says the lettuce they grow isn’t around livestock, which minimizes the chances of e-coli contamination. He says they’ll be forced to adapt should the advisory placed by the Public Health Agency of Canada in November continues. The notice was put in place for Ontario and two other provinces after it was discovered there had been an e-coli outbreak from U.S. imported lettuce.