FDA Releases Leafy Greens STEC Action Plan
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its plan to combat outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) carried by leafy greens. “Due to the reoccurring nature of outbreaks associated with leafy greens, FDA has developed this commodity-specific action plan,” the announcement states. “Expediting the improved safety of leafy greens will require collaboration between FDA and stakeholders in the public and private sectors, including industry and our regulatory partners. This plan is designed to help foster a more urgent, collaborative, and action-oriented approach.” The plan details actions on prevention, response and addressing knowledge gaps.