Federal officials are reporting that an outbreak of E. coli O121:H9 infections linked to romaine lettuce has ended.

Four illnesses were confirmed in the outbreak. Little other information was available from the Food and Drug Administration.

“The information collected over the course of this investigation indicated that romaine lettuce was
Continue Reading FDA says E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce is over

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a report on its investigation of the Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak that caused 31 reported illnesses and four hospitalizations in the U.S. between June and August 2021.

The FDA worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and

Continue Reading FDA Report Highlights Salmonella Outbreak in Packaged Leafy Greens

The pandemic will no doubt net more headlines in 2022 than any other topic, but that doesn’t mean discussions and news coverage about food safety will fade away. Along with recalls, outbreaks, and regulations, there will be new practices and technology to cover.

If the pandemic has taught us anything
Continue Reading The crystal ball for 2022 shows several food safety topics still in the spotlight

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I suppose it should not be a surprise. Outbreaks associated with lettuce, specifically the “pre-washed” and “ready-to-eat” varieties, are by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, the frequency with which this country’s fresh produce consuming public has been hit by outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria is astonishing.
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Although the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the news in terms of illnesses, foodborne pathogens also sickened people across the United States in 2021. Packaged leafy greens were behind four outbreaks.

Two outbreaks of infections from Listeria monocytogenes were announced earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both
Continue Reading 2021 outbreaks included fresh produce, cured meats, poultry and frozen shrimp

Amid an ongoing outbreak, BrightFarms is expanding a recall of packaged salad greens that were produced in its Rochelle, IL, greenhouse farm and sold in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan because of potential Salmonella contamination.

The initial recall can be viewed here.

BrightFarms is taking this action after being
Continue Reading BrightFarms expands recall of packaged salad greens linked to Salmonella outbreak

Old Soul Farms LLC of St. Paris, OH, is recalling multiple leafy greens products after testing showed contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

“The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes was from a routine facility test of rainwater holding tanks in the greenhouse facility as well as testing from a customer who received
Continue Reading Wide variety of leafy greens under recall after positive tests for Listeria

The Food and Drug Administration announced today that it will be collecting and testing samples of lettuce grown in California’s Salinas Valley from local commercial coolers from May through November 2021. 

The agency will test the samples for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), including E. coli O157:H7, and Salmonella spp.
Continue Reading New testing program seeks to shed light on leafy greens outbreaks

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Tim York is “passionately focused on food safety,” according to his biography from the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA). And, maybe that’s true.

For anyone passionate about food safety, it inevitably means preaching the gospel when unbelievers might be around. York yesterday took to the columns of The
Continue Reading LGMA’s York wants to bring pre-harvest testing to leafy greens in California