Will it soon be safer to purchase romaine lettuce in Canada than the United States, even if it’s all grown in Californa’s Salinas Valley?
Before anyone could ask that question, the California Leafy Green Marketing Agreement (LGMA) launched a new consumer website claiming to be “the ultimate resource” on “everything you need to know about lettuce and leafy greens.”
Since an Oct. 7 announcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Salinas Valley romaine growers have been smarting over the sudden sampling and testing requirements that will remain in effect until the end of the year. According to the California growers, sampling and testing to move romaine into Canada are requirements that will cost consumers more than it’s worth.
The CFIA is working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to head off another outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 sourced to romaine lettuce from U.S. growing regions. But … Read more