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.
As we deal with yet another outbreak involving romaine, calls to do more for food safety are coming from all fronts. No one is more frustrated than the producers of leafy greens that these types of outbreaks continue.
The final report from the Romaine Task Force, convened in the wake of several outbreaks traced to the lettuce, is far from the final say in the matter, with some recommendations for action as soon as December.
After the crisis of last November’s outbreak related to romaine lettuce, our associations moved quickly to bring together a diverse, progressive group of stakeholders to help tackle the myriad of complex issues.
SAN ANTONIO — Martin Wiedmann, a food safety professor at Cornell University, delivered a stern message to the industry in a recent tradeshow address: Your food safety efforts may very well be insufficient.
Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss a couple of the major topics of the week, including a drop in strawberry acreage in the Salinas-Watsonville region and industry event BrandStorm.
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.