Improving E. Coli Tracking

Dan Cattle, This Land of Ours, USDA-ARS

Working toward better traceability during foodborne illness outbreaks. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, or ARS, is working to improve traceability during foodborne illness outbreaks. Scientists want to enhance the capacity of regulatory agencies to trace E. coli back to its source by studying how the DNA of a specific population of this …


Lettuce Lessons – An AgNet Media Commentary

Dan Specialty Crops, Vegetables

Florida growers of romaine lettuce are losing millions of dollars at the start of their season, even though harvest dates should clear the Florida crop in the present recall. By Gary Cooper The E. coli romaine lettuce scare coming out of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) last Tuesday effectively shut down the movement of this lettuce variety throughout nearly the …


Florida Growers Angered with CDC, FDA E. Coli Announcement

Dan Vegetables

Most have probably seen in the news that there has been another E. coli outbreak. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is advising consumers to refrain from eating any romaine lettuce from any source until the origin of this outbreak is discovered. Florida growers are now going to suffer from a dried-up market, even though the tainted lettuce probably did …


New ARS Food and Nutrition Research Briefs Issued

Dan Industry News Release

The invention of a new small plastic pouch that releases chlorine dioxide gas to eliminate E. coli and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and vegetables is among the new nutrition and health findings in the latest issue of the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) Food and Nutrition Research Briefs. The latest issue can be found at https://www.ars.usda.gov/oc/fnrb/2018/fnrb0118/ The popular online newsletter reports discoveries …

Chlorine Dioxide Pouches Can Make Produce Safer and Reduce Spoilage

Dan Research, Vegetables

A small plastic pouch, half the size of a credit card, could soon make the nation’s produce safer by killing off pathogens that make people sick. The pouch, developed with help from Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists, releases chlorine dioxide gas, which eliminates E. coli and other pathogens from the surfaces of fruits and vegetables. Worrell Water Technologies of Delray Beach, Florida, hopes …