Could the ongoing Salmonella outbreak have been prevented?
Outbreaks of Salmonella and other pathogens in fresh produce are unfortunately relatively frequent occurrences. This is true particularly with imported Mexican papaya.
Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Centers for Disease Control have disclosed potential root cause in the latest outbreak, however the factors that lead to contamination of produce are well known.
Just as in an operation with previous sanitation or food safety failures, food industries as a whole with unsafe track records need to collectively correct deficiencies on an industry-wide basis. The tomato industry in Florida has adopted the Tomato GAP — Florida T-GAP — rule