I have been asked to speak in Canada about Spinach and Lettuce E. coli outbreaks that have been a plague on both the produce industry and the hundreds of consumers who have become sick or died as a result of eating “ready-to-eat” produce contaminated with cattle feces. Specifically, there is great interest in the recent outbreak tied to DOLE and Natural Selections spinach which has sickened at least 200 and killed at least 4.
My talk (link to the left) will also explain the liability future faced by DOLE and Natural Selections in the coming months and years.
Canada itself appears to have had it’s own lettuce-related E. coli outbreak, but to date, there has been no announcement as to the source of the contaminated product. So, where does Canada get its lettuce this time of year – California perhaps?