THOMAS GREMILLION, DIRECTOR, FOOD POLICY INSTITUTE AT CONSUMER FEDERATION OF AMERICA
Food safety has stayed in the headlines in 2018. Just in the past month, a sweeping alert on E. coli contamination in romaine lettuce has led to promises of significant change in the ways that leafy greens are labeled. An earlier outbreak linked to romaine prompted growers to revise safety standards by, for example, tripling the buffer zone between concentrated animal feeding operations (“CAFOs”) and leafy green crop fields. Other outbreaks, however, have failed to prod a similarly public response, raising the concern that history may soon repeat itself.