E.coli Linked to Older Cases and Commodity Classic Goes Digital
**The Food and Drug Administration is investigating two E. coli outbreaks, and although their origin is yet unknown, the strains are genetically related to separate outbreaks in 2018 and 19 traced to romaine lettuce.
FDA Deputy Commissioner Frank Yiannas tells thepacker.com, we don’t yet know what food is causing people to get sick or whether it involves an FDA-regulated food product.
The two previous outbreaks include one responsible for 23 cases linked to romaine from the Salinas, California region and another 21 cases linked to romaine out of Yuma, Arizona.
**Walnut farmers say they’re confronting two problems this harvest season: low crop prices and thieves stealing nuts from their orchards.
A number of counties have enacted ordinances to slow thefts by people who may then sell nuts on roadsides, but farmers report ongoing problems.
Because of low prices, farmers say they need to sell as many nuts as they can to recoup their costs, and don’t want to lose more of their harvest to thieves.
**Commodity Classic is announcing it will transition its annual conference and trade show, originally scheduled for March 4-6, 2021, in San Antonio, to a digital format.
The change, of course, was necessary due to COVID-19 restrictions.
More information on the transition will be available in the coming weeks
The 2022 Commodity Classic will be held in New Orleans.