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Publisher’s Platform: Change of heart on Trade Secrets, or a Random Act of Transparency?

Two weeks ago, the FDA published the “FDA Update on Traceback Related to the E. coli O157:H7 Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce.”  The diagram entitled “Redacted draft traceback diagram for FDA investigation of multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections linked to romaine lettuce from Yuma growing region,” told the public that the outbreak, which… Continue Reading

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

Publisher’s Platform: Why I love Doc Raymond – and Transparency


Tomorrow the CDC will update the Romaine E. coli outbreak and probably say that it is “over” (last time it updated was May 16th). The numbers will also likely jump from 172 to 200 and the death toll will rise too (this is all too similar to the 2006 E. coli spinach outbreak that was supposed… Continue Reading

Birds, pigs, water, air — How did the bacteria find the romaine?

Investigators continue their tedious search for the source of the E. coli that apparently contaminated romaine lettuce, causing this spring’s deadly outbreak. But it’s becoming increasingly unlikely they will find a smoking gun. The human toll so far, including one person in California who died, is 132 confirmed cases, 72 hospitalizations, and 20 people with… Continue Reading

Canadians infected with E. coli after eating romaine lettuce

Canada's public health officials urge public not to eat romaine from Yuma, AZ, until further notice

This week saw the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with romaine lettuce expand to include every border state from New York to Washington state. With 149 people infected in 29 states, it was probably inevitable that Canada also would find itself with a romaine lettuce problem. After all, it does not have a border wall… Continue Reading

Romaine outbreak now exceeds footprint of 2006 spinach outbreak

On Wednesday, the footprint of the romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak became more extensive than the historic and deadly 2006 fresh spinach outbreak. In the May 9 update, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta added four states and 28 confirmed cases of E. coli O157: H7 to the 9-week-old outbreak associated with… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce spreads to Minnesota

Ten Minnesota residents not yet included in the national case count have E. coli O157:H7 infections from romaine lettuce, state officials said Tuesday. Following the May 6 report on one case in North Dakota, also not yet included in the national count, it appears the romaine outbreak continues to expand. April 20 through May 2… Continue Reading

Produce group says FDA won’t let it help with E. coli search

United Fresh VP 'mystified' by FDA process; federal investigators say they still need information

Eight weeks after the first person became sick, government inspectors still haven’t been able to pinpoint who grew and distributed pre-chopped romaine lettuce associated with a deadly and ongoing E. coli outbreak. Some in the fresh produce industry are blaming the Food and Drug Administration for the delay, saying the government hasn’t taken advantage of… Continue Reading