Arizona Leafy Greens responds to FDA’s investigation update

Industry commits to using incident as opportunity to strengthen food safety program PHOENIX (April 27, 2018) – As the CDC and FDA continue their investigation into possible sources of a strain of E. coli O157:H7 linked to romaine, the paper trail that led to identifying one potential source – of illnesses in the Alaska cluster – is part of an intricate food safety process developed over the past 10 years, which is designed to minimize the risk of these types of incidents. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers continue to be with those impacted by this incident,” said Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee Administrator Teressa Lopez. “Every increase in the case count is a stark reminder of

Consumer Q&A: E. coli outbreak

Is it safe to buy romaine lettuce? The latest consumer advisory from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is posted here. The government continues to identify the source of this multi-state outbreak of E. Coli 0157:H7 as romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, AZ region. Only one farm has been associated with the Alaska cluster of illnesses, with whole head lettuce. CDC investigators have learned of additional people who became sick in this outbreak as late as April 21. What about romaine grown in California? No illnesses have been linked to romaine lettuce grown in California. Nearly all the romaine being sold in stores or served in restaurants today is from California. As is normally the case

Arizona’s leafy greens industry unites around recent romaine outbreak

Industry reinforces rigorous food safety handling practices PHOENIX (April 20, 2018) – While romaine production in Arizona has slowed for the season, those involved in the production and shipment of Arizona leafy greens vegetables are working diligently with federal agencies and other industry partners to gather accurate information to share with consumers in light of the recent E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. “We are concerned about the impact to the country and especially for those who have suffered from this outbreak,” said Arizona Leafy Greens Food Safety Committee Administrator Teressa Lopez. “As with every food safety related issue, our commitment to improve our food safety practices is unwa

Government Narrows E. coli Outbreak Search

U.S. government officials have narrowed their search for the cause of an ongoing multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7-related foodborne illnesses to chopped, bagged romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region. Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have been impacted by this outbreak. We are cooperating fully with government and working closely to further identify the specific source of this outbreak. Specifically, government officials are advising consumers not to consume chopped, bagged romaine grown in Yuma. At this time, this advisory only applies to chopped, bagged romaine, not other forms of romaine such as whole heads or hearts. This advisory also does not apply to romai

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