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Attack of the killer spinach

Spinach farmers look set for a bad year. UC Davis ag economist Dan Sumner is reported by the Los Angeles Times as saying that the FDA’s warning not to eat any of the vegetable could cost growers, mostly in California, $50 to $100 million.

Food safety experts Trevor Suslow and Dean Cliver told the Sacramento Bee that, from experience — 44 years experience in Cliver’s case — it could be very hard to trace the source of the contamination.
UC Davis also hosts the Western Institute for Food Safety and Security, established in 2002 to carry out research and education in food-borne diseases from farm to plate.

Carl Winter’s musical advice on food safety is here.

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