Authored By: Alicia Lammers
By now many people have heard about the romaine E. coli outbreak across the U.S. and Canada. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported 43 U.S. residents have been infected with E.coli across a dozen states including California, New York, and Illinois to name a few. Canada has also had around 22 people infected with the same strain of those in the United States.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the CDC has determined the contaminated romaine was coming from “...the Central Coast growing regions of central and northern California”. Before discovering this, the FDA realized how difficult it was for them to trace back to the source of where the produce was coming from.
The FDA and produce industry groups have been working together to develop trackable labels. The labels would list where the romaine was harvested and the harvest date. The labels are voluntary for produce groups to apply to their romaine. Although the labels are voluntary, the FDA highly suggests consumers not eat romaine thats harvest location is not clearly labeled.
For more information on romaine and voluntary labeling, click here.