The plethora of potato packs now displayed on produce department shelves offers consumers options to fill their potato needs, but they could be cutting into category profits if they’re not merchandised properly.
The FDA says romaine lettuce is now safe to eat following the “purge” of product on the market, and grower-shippers agreed to new labeling standards that will include where the lettuce is grown.
In a trio of tweets Nov. 23, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb referred to plans to allow romaine to return to the market, and a possible new labeling standard to aid in tracing products in future outbreaks.
In a Thanksgiving Day tweet, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency believes the source of the E. coli-tainted romaine responsible for a nationwide ban on the lettuce is California.
I visited 12 grocery stores in the Kansas City metro the evening of Nov. 20 to see how retailers were responding to the CDC advisory about romaine, and all except Walmart and Sam’s Club had removed it from shelves.
Of the nearly 1,000 responses six different sides rose to the top: salad, West; green beans/casserole, Midwest; cornbread, South; rolls/biscuits, squash, Great Lakes Region; Northeast; and mac and cheese, Southeast.