Salinas, CA – Less than a month after a nationwide E. coli outbreak in spinach was traced back to California's Salinas Valley, a local produce company has recalled some of its lettuce products. The Salinas-based Nunes Company is voluntarily recalling its Foxy-brand green leaf lettuce sold from October 3rd through October 6th in California and six other states. Listen to part of an NPR newscast with the story.
Seaside, CA – Fourteen golden shovels tossed aside some loose rubble Thursday afternoon as California State University Monterey Bay broke ground on its new library. The three-floor, 64 million dollar building will be named for the Tanimura and Antle families, who are providing major funding. It was designed by the same architects that designed the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the library at nearby Monterey Peninsula College.
Washington, DC – The Food and Drug Administration has lifted its consumer warning on spinach grown in the Salinas Valley -- even though its investigation into the recent E. coli outbreak continues. That means all U.S.-grown spinach is now okay to eat - as long as it's not involved in the FDA's recall, which applied to Natural Selection Foods spinach with best-if-used-by dates from August 17th through October 1st.
San Juan Batista, CA – At the center of the firestorm over the recent E. coli outbreak in spinach is Natural Selection Foods. That's the San Juan Batista company that grows and packs spinach under its own label, the popular organic brand Earthbound Farm and about 30 other brands, both organic and conventional. All three bags of Dole conventional baby spinach that have tested positive for E. coli went through Natural Selection's processing plant.