California’s Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement has released a list of steps the group and others in the produce industry, as well as regulators, have taken to address E. coli outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce.
Industry leaders answer questions including why warnings were issued about romaine before a specific source was identified, when we can expect an update, how retailers should communicate about the outbreak, and more.
The FDA is still working to determine the source of an E. coli outbreak tied to Arizona romaine, and the produce industry has noticed customers altering purchase patterns as consumers question whether romaine is safe.
Tom Karst and Ashley Nickle discuss the major stories of this week, including why the latest update on the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine from Arizona might be a big help to the FDA in its traceback investigation.
In the wake of an E. coli outbreak tied to romaine, numerous consumer groups are calling for the FDA to mandate more stringent traceability measures for companies that handle leafy greens and other “high-risk” food.
There are differences between the current E. coli outbreak and outbreaks in the U.S. and Canada in December, but there is a sense of déjà vu as product disappears from shelves despite the lack of an official recall.