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FDA names California counties involved in romaine/E. coli hunt

The Food and Drug Administration has released a list of the California Central Coast counties it has targeted as the potential origin of E. coli tainted romaine lettuce.

The counties named in a Nov. 28 update on the investigation into the E. coli outbreak are:

Monterey
San Benito
San Luis Obispo
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz
Ventura

“The FDA has been conducting a traceback investigation, reviewing shipping records and invoices to trace the supply of romaine from the place where ill people were exposed to the place where that romaine was grown,” according to the agency’s notice.

Questions & Answers on Voluntary Romaine Origin/Harvest Date Labelling

This questions and answer document has been created using the information available from FDA and CDC and knowledge of the label discussions as of November 26, 2018. As the use of these labels begin, we expect that additional questions will arise, and/or best practices might be adjusted as participants gain experience. We will update the current FAQ’s and make additions as we move forward.

1. What is Origin/Harvest Date labelling?

Statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., on the current romaine lettuce E. coli O157:H7 outbreak investigation

FDA Statement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, 2018, this outbreak has resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Oct. 31, 2018. An additional 22 people in Canada have become ill, and the FDA and our partners are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian health and food safety authorities.

The Arizona Good Agricultural Practices / Good Handling Practices Certification Program

In partnership with the Arizona Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Consultation and Training (ACT), the University of Arizona, Yuma County Cooperative Extension has developed a USDA Good Handling Practices/Good Agricultural Practices Training Program for all Arizona specialty crop producers in the state.