Canadian health officials say an E. coli outbreak is over and consumers can eat romaine lettuce, but U.S. agencies maintain not enough is known about a similar outbreak in this country to arrive at the same decision.
U.S. health agencies have declared the E. coli outbreak is over, but unlike Canada, which linked a similar outbreak to romaine, no specific source other than “leafy greens” has been identified in the U.S.
Dubbing it a “Blue Apron-type” program, the White House wants to shift some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars from purchases at retail stores to boxes of non-perishables shipped to homes.
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.
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.
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.