The first illnesses linked to the FreshPoint lettuce were reported by the Public Health Agency of Canada on Dec. 31. At that time there were five confirmed E. coli O157:H7 cases in New Brunswick. As of Jan. 11 the confirmed cases stood at 26.
The food safety investigation is ongoing, Lisa Gauthier, spokeswoman for the CFIA, said Jan. 14.
Laboratory analysis has shown that the E. coli cases are linked and an epidemological assessment by Canadian health officials identified that lettuce distributed to certain restaurants is the likely cause, according to the CFIA.