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The CDC warns that romaine lettuce—all of it—is unsafe to eat

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  • The problem is not Romaine lettuce... this is just another sign to tell us we need to care about where the food we eat comes from. It’s funny people want to know the terroir their wine or what region their whiskey or beer comes from, but they could care less about the garlic or potatoes or tomatoes they

    The problem is not Romaine lettuce... this is just another sign to tell us we need to care about where the food we eat comes from. It’s funny people want to know the terroir their wine or what region their whiskey or beer comes from, but they could care less about the garlic or potatoes or tomatoes they eat everyday.

    The CDC and the FDA should make sure consumers are aware of where their food comes from. Every grocery store and food establishment should know, from wholesaler to hot dog cart... Where does it come from?

    Every food operator should be comfortable answering this question. We as consumers need to make sure our spending power goes to the businesses that care. This knowledge is a matter of health, life and death. Everyone, including and especially businesses, need to move towards eating locally and sustainably and the benefits of doing such.

  • Romaine lettuce banned. Assault weapons are still available.

  • Side note to this story: I got an email this morning from FreshDirect telling me to throw out my recently purchased romaine lettuce, which was an impressive use of their data. Made me think you could do the same for news in need of updating. “We noticed you read this story back in October. Well, it turned out to be wrong...”

  • Being born and raised in Salinas, CA - North Americas’s salad bowl - and having spent the past 5 years dedicated to investing in agtech solutions, I can tell you that food safety is the #1 priority for leafy green producers (even above labor!). Outbreaks like these crush the industry and cost it billions

    Being born and raised in Salinas, CA - North Americas’s salad bowl - and having spent the past 5 years dedicated to investing in agtech solutions, I can tell you that food safety is the #1 priority for leafy green producers (even above labor!). Outbreaks like these crush the industry and cost it billions of dollars.

    Walk through a vegetable processing plant and you will see the most advanced technologies and processes across the ag industry for food safety. However, until a kill step is developed, there will still be risk in the food system. There are some promising startups tackling this challenge, perhaps others that can assist from the MedTech space too. This is too big of a problem, with too much investment going into it, for a solution not to be developed in the near future.

    With that said, full disclosure: I’m switching to a spinach salad for Thanksgiving :)

  • This is precisely why companies are using blockchain to trace their food supply chains. If we can trace a contaminated product back to its source in seconds - rather than weeks - we could mitigate the health, environmental, and economic impacts of an outbreak like this.

    Walmart was among the first to

    This is precisely why companies are using blockchain to trace their food supply chains. If we can trace a contaminated product back to its source in seconds - rather than weeks - we could mitigate the health, environmental, and economic impacts of an outbreak like this.

    Walmart was among the first to do this, and recently added leafy greens to the list of products tracked on blockchain.

  • In grad school for food systems we talked about the fact that it would unfortunately take a major event like a universal recall of a popular product for people to acknowledge problems in the food system and react. Sadly, I think we are pivoting to other greens until romaine is “safe” again and cycle

    In grad school for food systems we talked about the fact that it would unfortunately take a major event like a universal recall of a popular product for people to acknowledge problems in the food system and react. Sadly, I think we are pivoting to other greens until romaine is “safe” again and cycle repeat. E. coli comes from feces. Its presence in salad shouldn’t be normalized. Going back to bed!

  • Had the same thought when FreshDirect emailed me about some recalled cookies. Especially impressive was that I don't generally hear from them -- which I appreciate and made the warning stand out.

  • Ouch, too late...

  • Sonya Jackson, Romaine lettuce may kill you. Assault (automatic) weapons are already banned. Semi-automatic weapons you probably meant will not harm anyone unless a human misuses it.