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E. coli claims 4 more lives; growers promise changes

CDC reports 197 sick in 35 states with more infections expected; FDA still searching for source

More people are sick, more people have died, and more states are reporting E. coli infections in an ongoing outbreak linked to romaine lettuce. As the CDC was releasing the new numbers Friday, growers were promising to figure out what happened and take action. Outbreak investigators have been trying to trace the romaine for two… Continue Reading

Unusually high percentage of E. coli victims hospitalized

CDC, FDA renew public warnings about chopped romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads to 16 states

An E. coli outbreak traced to chopped romaine lettuce has spread to another five states and public health officials are reporting a hospitalization rate of almost 60 percent, which is twice the usual rate. There are 53 confirmed cases spread across 16 states, as of Wednesday’s update from the federal Centers for Disease Control and… Continue Reading

Yuma area grew romaine lettuce that’s likely causing E. coli outbreak

Chopped romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ area is the likely source to date of this year’s only multistate E. coli O157: H7 outbreak, and it is not over. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta Friday updated their report on the 11-state outbreak involving 35 confirmed E. coli case… Continue Reading

STOP Foodborne Illness honored by California produce group

The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement recently gave its highest honor to the Chicago-based nonprofit food safety organization STOP Foodborne Illness. In presenting its Golden Checkmark award to the food safety organization, LGMA stated that it was recognizing the group’s “advocacy for victims of foodborne illness and its support of mandatory government oversight of food safety.” Accepting the… Continue Reading

FDA Cites Need to Coordinate with Marketing Agreements on Food Safety

Opinion

(This blog post by Scott Horsfall was published May 2, 2014, on the California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement site and is posted here with permission.) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released its Operational Strategy for Implementing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The document lays out the agency’s broad… Continue Reading

California’s Leafy Greens Producers Want Strong Food-Safety Laws

Opinion

This editorial was originally published September 12 on the LGMA’s blog. The job of implementing new food-safety legislation under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) isn’t getting any easier for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Pressure is mounting from some small farmers, foreign producers and consumer activist groups, who each have their own take… Continue Reading