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Salinas Valley Farmers Work On New Food Safety Protocols

From KCBS Television:
“The industry is in high gear to do this, and we know that the future of the spinach and vegetable industry generally depends on regaining consumer confidence,” said Bob Perkins, executive director of the Monterey County Farm Bureau.

The produce inspection system also needs a kill switch, said Andrew Starbird, a food safety expert at Santa Clara University, a way for shipments to stop immediately once contamination is detected.

These below seem like a reasonable start – why not before 20 outbreaks, thousands of illness and at least six deaths?

  • Food safety protocols to determine when manure can safely be used on a crop
  • More rigorous testing of water and soil for harmful bacteria
  • Comprehensive testing system that starts from before the seed goes in the ground and all the way until the product reaches the grocery store
  • Peter

    Just out of curiosity. Has anyone looked into Auxigro? This is the MSG fertilizer being used on virtually everything grown in CA and elsewhere. I was wondering if it could have anything to do with these problems?