The unofficial start to summer also means the beginning of a season full of Jersey Fresh produce but romaine lettuce growers there say they’re struggling to sell the crop. They claim they are still feeling the effects of two recalls due to the discovery of E.coli, even though the bacteria strain was discovered on lettuce from farms in California and Arizona.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a food safety alert, telling consumers to throw away all Romaine lettuce, no matter where it was grown. Nj.com reports on farmers in Cumberland County, who said they are experiencing troubles selling the vegetables. “Two days ago, a farmer told me a guy from Delaware who is a big buyer of his Romaine came to his farm and told him he is not buying it because he is scared there will be another Romaine scare. For some reason, there is a stigma that New Jersey lettuce is no good.”