On Dec. 16, 2021 at noon PT/ 3 p.m. ET, Western Growers in collaboration with Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, Produce Marketing Association, and United Fresh Produce Association will be hosting a free webinar featuring the FDA’s Consumer Safety Officer Kruti Ravaliya to provide an overview of the FDA’s long-anticipated proposed changes to the agricultural water requirements (Subpart E) of the Produce Safety rule.

Sonia Salas

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating illnesses in a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7. As of Nov. 15, 2021, 10 people have been infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 across seven states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from October 15 to October 27, 2021.

Sonia Salas

The agricultural sector lost more than $280 million as a result of the Nov. 2018 E. coli incident in romaine lettuce, according to a report published by the University of California at Davis.

According to the study, processors and shippers lost an estimated $20.6 million as a result of having to pull harvested product from the supply chain and another $37.3 million as a result of product that could not be harvested or sold.

De Ann Davis


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