One year later leafy greens industry still struggles
By Ben Adler
Salinas, CA – One year after E. coli-contaminated spinach sickened 2-hundred people and killed three, a vital California industry continues to recover. But it's an uphill battle. Just yesterday (9/17/07) Dole recalled more than 5 thousand cases of pre-washed salad mix when a Canandian lab found traces of E. coli bacteria in their packaged greens. There's a new food safety program in place. But for some companies, sales are still down from before the outbreak. Even when a company does the right thing and recalls some produce that might be contaminated, the entire industry's image still takes a hit. Ben Adler reports on the industry's long road back to stability.