Solving the problem of romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli require a coordinated action

Sandra Eskin (The Pew Charitable Trusts) wrote an opinion article stating that reducing the risk on E. coli in romaine lettuce require a coordinated action from farmers, ranchers and government and no single entity can achieve it alone.  FDA concluded that the recent outbreaks of E. coli in lettuce came from cattle that grazed in fields near the romaine lettuce. The FDA findings make clear that growers, ranchers, and local, state, and federal agencies must work together to prevent contamination of leafy greens by pathogens commonly present in animal fecal matter. This food safety problem cannot be solved by a single industry or regulatory authority. Allowing cattle to graze near fields that grow romaine lettuce or other leafy greens creates an unacceptable risk to consumers. To solve the problem, produce farmers and cattle ranchers should be at the table, along with federal, state, and local authorities. FDA should lead an effort to find comprehensive solutions to the public health problems created when cattle and produce farms operate in proximity. Without such solutions, Americans may see still more outbreaks linked to romaine lettuce and other leafy greens in the years ahead. @

 FDA Says Cattle Likely Source of E. Coli That Contaminated Romaine in 2019
FDA Says Cattle Likely Source of E. Coli That Contaminated Romaine in 2019

Dangerous E. coli bacteria that caused three foodborne illness outbreaks in late 2019 most likely came from cattle that grazed near fields of romaine lettuce or leafy greens, according to a recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration report.

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