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.
Members of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement have adopted new rules requiring them to sanitize “open source” used water for overhead irrigation following recent E. coli outbreaks that led investigators to suspect water as a cause.
Canada’s Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corp. has received numerous calls from companies importing U.S. romaine regarding who’s responsible for losses in the E. coli outbreak in both countries.
Editor-in-chief Tom Karst and retail editor Ashley Nickle discuss the New York Produce Show and the latest updates in the Food and Drug Administration's investigation into the outbreak tied to romaine lettuce.
The FDA has named Adam Bros. Farm in Santa Barbara County as one potential source of the E. coli outbreak linked to romaine — but it cautions that the finding does not explain all the illnesses in the outbreak.
One ripple effect of an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine is that customers tend to turn elsewhere for the lettuce variety, even when the Food and Drug Administration has deemed most production areas safe.