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Congressman Panetta Responds to Reports of E. coli Outbreak Linked to Romaine Lettuce

November 20, 2018
Press Release



SALINAS, CA – Congressman Panetta released the following statement after speaking with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about the ongoing investigation into the E. coli outbreak:

“On Tuesday night, I spoke with FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb about the bacterial contamination outbreak linked to romaine. During our conversation, I stressed the urgency for an expedited investigation to find the source and region where the outbreak occurred.  I urged Commissioner Gottlieb to work collaboratively and communicatively with industry partners  to minimize any health risks to consumers and reduce the loss of safe and healthy crops that are not connected to this outbreak.  Commissioner Gottlieb promised to provide my office with daily updates throughout the investigation.  I will continue to work with the FDA, CDC, and our producers to ensure that the investigation is completed in a timely manner so that our consumers are safe and our industry is secure in its production of romaine."



SALINAS, CA – Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (CA-20) issued the following statement concerning the ongoing investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) into the recent E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce:

"I am engaging with the FDA and romaine lettuce producers about this outbreak.  As the representative of the ‘Salad Bowl of the World,’ food safety is of the utmost importance to me and my constituents as it is for the health of American consumers.  I will continue to gather evidence and am committed to working with all stakeholders to ensure the food produced across our country is safe."