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Is high-risk romaine simply the new normal?

According to this article by the New Food Economy, the United States has experienced five E. coli outbreaks in the leafy green supply chain in two years. The latest outbreak, affecting romaine lettuce, originated in Salinas, California. A task force found that a 2018 outbreak was possibly linked to the presence of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) near lettuce farms.

The task force recommended better water testing procedures, and also suggested that better labelling could help consumers to determine whether the lettuce they buy has come from the area where a particular outbreak started.

Read the full piece here. See also the Foodsource building block What is food security? 

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02 Dec 2019
Fodder Category