FDA Publishes Report with Key Investigation Findings From 2019 Outbreaks Associated with Leafy Greens

May 22, 2020 FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the findings of an investigation into the contamination of romaine lettuce implicated in three outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 during the Fall of 2019.

LGMA: Process Underway to Further Strengthen Food Safety Requirements for Leafy Greens

Although leafy greens farmers are facing new challenges created by the Coronavirus pandemic, efforts to strengthen required food safety practices are still moving forward with numerous actions taking place this month.

FDA Releases Action Plan to Advance the Safety of Leafy Greens

March 6, 2020 FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration released the 2020 Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan, outlining steps the agency plans to take this year to advance the safety of leafy greens. While most strains of E. coli are harmless, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, or STEC, can be life-threatening. The most common STEC, E. coli O157:H7, is the type most often associated with outbreaks.

FDA Partners with the University of Arizona, Wellton-Mohawk Irrigation and Drainage District, and Yuma Area Leafy Greens Stakeholders to Enhance Food Safety

September 24, 2019 FDA

This initiative will be a multi-year study which will focus on how these pathogens survive, move and possibly contaminate produce prior to harvest.

New Jersey Department of Agriculture Kicks Off Jersey Fresh Leafy Greens

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher and local officials today kicked off the Jersey Fresh lettuce and leafy green season by visiting the Landisville Co-Op, which packages locally grown produce now appearing in farmers markets and stores around the state.