SALINAS, Calif. — Fresh Express will underwrite a $2 million series of studies of the E. coli O157:H7 bacteria as it affects fresh-cut produce. The move follows an outbreak of the pathogen that was traced to fresh spinach and caused a severe disruption in both supply and public trust in late 2006. According to officials with the grower/shipper, the identified research priorities — and those against which research proposals are being sought — include: Determine the potential for ...

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