The recent outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 in fresh spinach received widespread media attention. Every morning as the drama unfolded, television news shows and newspapers included photos of lush, irrigated fields empty of laborers, or produce stock clerks removing product from the display cooler. American salads and sandwiches would be built without this essential, basic green while food safety officials tried to pinpoint the source of the bacteria. They're still looking. For all our progress ...

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