LONG AFTER THE majority of E. coli poisoning victims had recovered, the fresh produce industry struggled to regain its health in the wake of the spinach outbreak. The nationwide outbreak, which caused three deaths and about 200 cases of illness, prompted the Food and Drug Administration in September to issue a blanket advisory to consumers — do not eat fresh bagged spinach. A few days later, the FDA broadened the advisory to include all fresh spinach after investigators determined that ...

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