State Senator Dean Florez called a special hearing on the deadly e-coli outbreak which stemmed from California produce. Citing several examples over the last decade, Florez said government agencies should do more to prevent the food-borne illness—and that will be the focus of a series of bills next year.
“It will focus on runoff, it will focus a lot on testing water in a much bigger way for testing these pathogens.”
The Food and Drug Administration along with the state Department of Health Services have been investigating the recent outbreaks of e-coli in spinach and lettuce. According to the F-D-A the industry should develop a plan to minimize another incident but implementation would be voluntary. A spokeswoman for the California Farm Bureau says talk of legislation is premature and farmers are waiting for the investigation to finish before determining the next step.