The latest spinach recall is raising questions about how the leafy green industry is regulated and people wanting more inspections by the FDA. Metz Fresh discovered some of their spinach was tainted with Salmonella during testing. They were able to stop about 90 percent of the contaminated spinach from reaching consumers.
California’s leafy greens industry adopted the voluntary regulations last year after a fatal E. coli outbreak, but advocates said a national, mandatory inspection and testing program overseen by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is needed.
“Eight thousand cartons left the plant for distribution in the U.S. That’s 8,000 too many,” said Jean Halloran, a food safety expert with Consumers Union. “At this point, we are relying on the leafy green industry to police itself.”
Salmonella causes food poisoning when ingested. It can be fatal in some cases.
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