WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture said this week it will spend nearly $5.5 million over the next three years to study ways to prevent E. coli contamination in fresh produce. “This research will help producers identify the sources of E. coli O157:H7 and ways to avoid contamination,” said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, in a statement. “Developing new research and prevention tactics for the grower will contribute to assuring produce safety for consumers.” USDA’s Agricultural ...

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