E. coli in Spinach, Foodborne Illnesses, and Expectations about Food Safety
The FDA and the produce industry have recognized the potential for E. coli contamination of leafy greens for some time and numerous safeguards were already in place at the time of the recent E. coli outbreak. The failure to prevent or detect the E. coli before the contaminated spinach entered the market amplifies the demand for improved quality assurance in the food supply in general, and produce in particular. There are over 40 billion servings of salad consumed in the United States each year, of which almost three billion are fresh spinach, illustrating the enormity and the importance of the task.
produce, E. coli, illness, outbreak, lettuce, standard
Klonsky, Karen. 2006. "E. coli in Spinach, Foodborne Illnesses, and Expectations about Food Safety." ARE Update 10(2): 1-4. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.