Salinas Valley: Growers Contend With How to Make Sure Leafy Greens are Safe

The Salinas Valley has long billed itself as the Salad Bowl of the World. Last year alone, Monterey County grew $1.4 billion worth of lettuce.

But for years the leafy green industry and Salinas Valley, which grows the majority of the nation’s lettuce, have also increasingly been known for something else: dangerous contamination in its leafy greens – particularly romaine lettuce – and an apparent inability to solve the problem.

The recurring contamination has sparked distrust in international markets, leading to a bombshell announcement in October that Canada effectively banned the importation of Salinas Valley-grown romaine lettuce until Dec. 31. The restrictions apply to romaine grown in four counties: Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara.

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