State health officials told lawmakers at a hearing on the E-coli outbreak that they’ve pinpointed a fifty-acre plot where the tainted spinach came from in the Salinas Valley. Doctor Kevin Reilly with the Department of Health Services says investigators found some of the risk factors they expected.
“Water on the property came up positive, wildlife, domestic animals. It reinforces that the efforts we have around good agricultural practices are the right ones…”
Reilly says he expects the full report on the investigation to be released within a few weeks. State lawmakers have been pushing for results sooner to present to the public as growers approach a new season.There are both legislative and industry efforts in the works to create new safeguards against future outbreaks.