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Canada declares outbreak over; CDC, FDA still investigating

U.S. officials say leafy greens most likely cause; victim interviews ongoing to find specific source

Canadian officials said today an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is over, but U.S. officials are continuing to investigate the deadly foodborne illness outbreak that they believe is linked to leafy greens. Both countries’ public health officials posted updates on the outbreak today stressing that there is little remaining danger to the public… Continue Reading

Tick tock goes the outbreak clock — nine weeks and counting

Officials face increasing pressure to release details about deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine

Consumers, lettuce growers, retailers and restaurants in the United States are still stuck between the romaine and the risk as federal agencies continue to withhold information about a deadly E. coli outbreak. That may change today as some people in the food chain have an inkling the Food and Drug Administration and/or the Centers for… Continue Reading

U.S. Rep says CDC is endangering lives; wants outbreak details

A member of Congress says the CDC’s response to a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce is deeply alarming and endangering the public. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, fired off a scathing letter Monday to Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. DeLauro, who has routinely… Continue Reading

BrightFarms recalls leafy greens, herbs because of metal pieces

Urban greenhouse grower BrightFarms Inc. of New York City is recalling an undisclosed volume of packaged salad greens and herbs because they may be contaminated with pieces of metal “as a result of construction.” The recall covers only leafy greens and herbs grown at BrightFarms’ greenhouse farm in Elkwood, VA, according to the recall notice… Continue Reading

Researchers zap noro on fresh lettuce with blast of ionized gas

When you put one of the toughest bugs on the planet in a match-up with some of the most delicate fresh foods, it doesn’t take a Vegas mathematician to figure the odds are against the food making it through a sterilization process undamaged. Among the most delicate and most prone to carry foodborne illnesses are… Continue Reading

UK study: Juices from bagged salad can encourage Salmonella

A recent study by researchers at the University of Leicester found that traces of salad green juices released when the leaves become damaged can significantly encourage the growth of Salmonella enterica. The researchers reported that they concentrated on Salmonella because it is “an aggressive pathogen that has been implicated in salad-associated infections.” Their work was posted online… Continue Reading

CA leafy greens audits reveal more compliance than citations

Hundreds of audits of California leafy greens operations during the 2015-2016 season found 99.5-percent compliance with industry food safety standards, according to the latest annual report from the Sacramento-based California Leafy Greens Products Handler Marketing Agreement (LGMA). LGMA reported there were 470 announced and unannounced audits during last year and this year of its approximately 100… Continue Reading

CDC adds salad to Listeria questionnaire in wake of outbreak

The investigation into a multi-year, multi-state listeriosis outbreak traced to package salads from Dole might have yielded results several months earlier had sick people been asked if they had eaten leafy greens, according to a report published Thursday. Nineteen people across nine states were sickened in the U.S. from July 2015 through January this year…. Continue Reading

Is that the answer blowin’ in the wind, or pathogen drift?

“The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” — Bob Dylan The question in the case of food safety is: “What’s blowing in the wind?” Turns out it can be dangerous pathogens such as E. coli, Campylobacter and Salmonella when manure is spread on the land, which is a common agricultural practice. At least that’s… Continue Reading

Arizona bill could endanger food safety nationwide

Arizona lawmakers are considering a bill that seeks to do away with state licensing for a wide variety of professions, trades and positions — including packers of fresh produce and other foods. With the state being No. 2 in the nation for production of lettuce and leafy greens, the deregulation legislation could compromise food safety… Continue Reading