Salinas, CA, area growers report the heat and humidity in July and early August is causing quality problems for iceberg, romaine and leaf lettuce.
While decreases across categories dragged the overall index slightly down, anxiety over Western heat and forecasted precipitation is causing prices for lettuce and certain dry vegetables to jump off the floor.
The FDA conducted a small, focused assignment in 2019 and 2020 to collect samples of raw agricultural commodity romaine lettuce to test for pathogenic Escherichia coli (specifically, Shiga toxin-producing E. coli or STEC) and Salmonella spp., microbial hazards repeatedly linked to foodborne illnesses associated with romaine lettuce consumption.
Prices for the overall ProduceIQ Index were deceptively buoyed by grapes and berries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is launching an assignment to collect romaine lettuce samples from commercial coolers in the Yuma County, AZ growing region during the current harvest season.
Fresh produce market prices improved mid-week as expected. The post-Thanksgiving slowdown lasted the typical ten days, and prices improved after storage coolers were emptied again.
Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of organic romaine hearts.
The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, is investigating illnesses in a third multistate outbreak of E.coli O157:H7 infections this Fall.
Out of an abundance of caution, Tanimura & Antle Inc. is voluntarily recalling its packaged single head romaine lettuce under the Tanimura & Antle brand, labeled with a packed on date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020, due to possible contamination with E. Coli O157:H7.
LGMA seems to be saying that romaine safety cannot be guaranteed by current testing methods, which is not the kind of impression that the industry probably wants to leave.