Upper Valley Officials Keep a Close Eye on Produce
POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 4:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 8:18am
The E-coli out break in Germany has forced companies to throw out tons produce this week.
After 1700 hundred people fell ill and dozens have died. Only four Americans have been affected in the U.S.
Luckily no cases have been reported here in the upper valley.
Even though Europe is far away, it doesn't mean produce departments aren't keeping a close eye here at home. Several trucks drop off fruits and vegetables in the upper valley every day. It reaches dinner tables across the United States and even as far as Canada.
Most of the fruits and vegetables available here in the upper valley come directly from Mexico.
Officials tell us farmers go through very strict measures to make sure our food is safe.
Officials say that any type of E-coli outbreak would be devastating. That's why they go to extreme measures to make sure farmers are also doing their part.
There's still no indication as to where this mutant strand of E-coli came from.
But rest assure that produce crossing the border here in the upper valley will be checked thoroughly before it ends up in your supermarket.