From The Editorial Desk
Thursday, February 12, 1998
A year after E.coli-tainted Odwalla apple juice was fingered as the probable cause in the death of a 16-month-old child, dirty lettuce from a small farm in Hollister is suspected of making dozens of folks back East seriously ill.
Just how safe is our fresh produce? And what can we do to keep deadly bacteria at bay? Will federal food safety guidelines help, or merely tie up growers and processors in another endless chain of bureaucracy?
In this week's cover story, Coast Weekly talks to local growers and health authorities about food safety in your salad bowl. It's an issue that could threaten Monterey County's $2-billion-a-year ag industry.
This week's issue also brings you more flood coverage, and a look at the increasingly acrimonious debate between developers of the proposed Cannery Row Marketplace and local preservationists. In honor of international lovers' day, we also bring you a listing of special Valentine's Day menus at local eateries, and Associate Editor Chuck Thurman's musings on how books on love can take all the fun out of romance. Sweets to the sweet, and happy reading.