romaine lettuce

Update on Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreaks and Investigation

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Illnesses subsiding, FDA continues to aggressively investigate source and route of contamination to prevent future outbreaks (FDA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing an update on its investigation of an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses linked to romaine lettuce. The FDA takes its responsibility of protecting the public from unsafe food very seriously and is committed to providing …

romaine lettuce

Recalled Lettuce in E. coli Outbreak From California, Not Florida

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — On Friday, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that romaine lettuce associated with an outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 is likely from the Salinas growing region of California. Forty illnesses have been reported across 16 states since Sept. 24. Florida-grown lettuce is not implicated in this outbreak, and the FDA has indicated there are neither positive samples nor reported illnesses …


Commissioner Fried on ITC Ruling on Mexican Tomato Threat

Dan Cooper Florida, Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDACS) — The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted 4-0 affirming that imported Mexican tomatoes unfairly threaten the American tomato industry. The ruling came after the U.S. Department of Commerce recently reopened the antidumping investigation that began in 1996, and after finding that Mexican tomatoes had been dumped into the U.S. market at prices 21 percent below fair market value, on average. In …

romaine lettuce

Packaged Romaine Recalled Before Holiday

Dan Cooper Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

A growing E. coli outbreak and advisory before Thanksgiving is reminding everyone of last year, but this one is less encompassing. Around 100,000 pounds of packaged salads have been recalled due to E. coli illness reports in eight states. The salads are Ready Pac products from Missa Bay out of Maryland. Seventeen illnesses with seven hospitalizations have been reported. The …


Outbreak of E. coli Possibly Linked to Romaine Lettuce Appears to Be Over

Dan Cooper Industry News Release, Leafy Vegetables

(FDA) — “We are sharing news of a recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that was likely associated with romaine lettuce. We do not believe there is a current or ongoing risk to the public and we are not recommending the public avoid consuming romaine lettuce,” said U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas. “However, …

specialty crops

USDA Invests $11M In Research That Will Support Specialty Crop Farmers

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WASHINGTON (USDA-Oct. 3, 2019) — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins announced that the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has invested $11 million in research that will support specialty crop farmers. “This collaborative public-private research effort will focus on applying innovative solutions to pest management problems that often are otherwise not available to specialty …


Food Safety Advice

Abbey Taylor Food Safety, Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts

Although food safety is always on the minds of growers, 2018 was a notable year for this issue due to widespread E. coli outbreaks. Trevor Suslow, vice president of food safety with the Produce Marketing Association, recently gave some food safety advice to the produce industry. Suslow says that producers need to have a sound produce safety management plan. If …


Looking Beyond the 2018 E. coli Outbreaks

Abbey Taylor Leafy Vegetables, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Food safety continues to be a hot topic in the vegetable and specialty crop industry, especially after the E. coli outbreaks in 2018. One of the commodity conferences offered at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference was focused on food safety. The session began with a presentation by Trevor Suslow, vice president of food safety with the Produce Marketing …