Some great news from The Nunes Company. Independent lab tests of the product have come back negative:
Green Leaf Lettuce Update
Released: October 10, 2006; 2:00 p.m.
Nunes Company President Tom Nunes announced this afternoon that results received by the Company from an independent lab, testing multiple samples of recalled Green Leaf, and water taken Sunday, October 8th, were negative for pathogenic E. coli 0157:H7.
He explained that the Company undertook the recall based on tests of irrigation water.
“At the time we ordered the recall, we only had an indication that there might be the potential that people could become sick. We thought it better to be safe, and to protect the health of our consumers. On Sunday, we pulled Green Leaf and water samples. We had all of the samples, tested for E. coli O157:H7. We are relieved that all results were negative, and we are confident our product is safe.”
On Monday, October 9th, the FDA also collected water samples, and they are now being tested.
This was a nervous week, so the decision was probably the right one. But the long-term question is this: Does it make sense to recall product because the water supply tests positive for generic E. coli?
If we were doing product testing, we wouldn’t have to ask the question.