First it was spinach. Then tomatoes. Now possibly green onions.

Over the past three months, fresh produce has been the culprit in one episode of food-borne illness after another, the latest an E. coli outbreak that appears to be linked to green onions served at Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast, the Wasington Post reports. More than 60 people have been sickened in that outbreak.

Boskovich Farms of California has been a Taco Bell supplier. The restaurant chain believes green onions are responsible for an E. coli outbreak.
Boskovich Farms of California has been a Taco Bell supplier. The restaurant chain believes green onions are responsible for an E. coli outbreak.


The patchwork of federal and state regulations that is supposed to ensure food safety has become less effective as the nation's produce supply has grown increasingly industrial. Three months after the spinach scare, there is no agreement on what should be done to reduce health risks from the nation's fruits and vegetables even as each episode of illness has heightened a sense of urgency.


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