State of Science :: Food Safety
E. coli O157 Op-Eds
Author(s): Dr. Charles Benbrook
The Organic Center
The Organic Center is emphasizing the need for prevention in reducing the frequency and severity of future E. coli O157 outbreaks. Three Op-Eds appear below from --
- "The Packer," the major weekly newspaper of the fresh produce industry,
- "Feedstuffs," the influential weekly read by the animal feed and health communities, and
- California Farmer, the most widely read monthly farm magazine in CA.
The excerpts from the November "California Farmer" include the "Editorially Speaking" column by Editor Len Richardson, entitled "E. coli story about more than spinach." The editorial quotes extensively from the Center's "E. coli Frequently Asked Questions" report, and praises the Center for providing hard-to-find facts about this bacterium and the spinach outbreak.
The Center's E. coli "Critical Issue Report" answers a series of FAQs on E. coli O157. It provides further details on where E. coli O157 comes from, how it spreads, and practical steps that can be taken to prevent future outbreaks.