E. coli outbreak unveils resellers


After investigating a recent E. coli outbreak traced to Oregon-grown strawberries, state agriculture officials discovered that the resale of produce at farmers’ markets is much more prevalent than previously thought.

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After investigating a recent E. coli outbreak traced to Oregon-grown strawberries, state agriculture officials discovered that the resale of produce at farmers’ markets is much more prevalent than previously thought.

In their investigation, state agriculture officials discovered that strawberries from the 32-acre [Jaquith Strawberry Farm in Newberg] were sold in 23 farmstands, 10 retail outlets and six farmers’ markets.

“I think we are a little surprised,” said Bruce Pokarney, director of communications for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. “There are more people selling other people’s berries than we thought.”

Berries often were sold three to four times before reaching a consumer, officials say.

Read more at Capital Press.

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