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chopped romaine alert

As of April 17, 2018, at this time there has not been an update from the CDC or FDA regarding last month’s outbreak of E. coli illnesses linked to chopped romaine originating from Yuma, AZ; however these two agencies are continuing to investigate. The good news is that there have not been any further illnesses reported after March 31st. California has not had any reported illnesses. Here is some information about where Produce Express procures its chopped romaine from:

  • All romaine is from Field Fresh Farms, which has not been contacted by the CDC, LGMA or FDA in regards to the current E. coli outbreak.
  • All of our chopped romaine is procured from a local processor in Sacramento, we are not using product processed out of state.

Recap Summary: As of April 13th, 2018, the CDC has reported a multi state outbreak of E. coli related illnesses that have been associated with chopped Romaine from the Yuma, AZ growing region. Here is the associated info:

  • 35 people infected with E. coli have been reported across 11 states.
  • California is not one of the 11 states.
  • The illnesses started on dates ranging March 22nd to March 31st.
  • There are no new reported illnesses after March 31st.

We will remain vigilant of the ongoing investigation being conducted by the CDC and will update you as more information becomes available. If you have additional questions, please contact our Food Safety Manager, Joel Wilkerson, or visit the CDC website.

Premier Mushrooms Inc. is located in Northern California and is one of Colusa County’s fastest growing ag-related industries. In seven short years, their farm has expanded from 16 to 64 growing rooms and grown production from 70k lbs/week to 300k lbs/week.

Premier Mushrooms composts, grows, processes and distributes their product all in one location. This vertically integrated system allows for greater consistency and quality control. Along with producing fresh, great tasting mushrooms, Premier has been actively involved in the local community and has been making efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of operations.

The composting and pasteurization processes take place in a fully enclosed wharf area. The covered wharf provides several benefits which can be seen in the final product. There are currently 64 growing rooms (40 white rooms & 24 brown rooms) operating at maximum capacity. Advanced technology allows the grow-room climate to be monitored 24/7 and ensures product quality and safety. After being picked, mushrooms are taken to the 21,000 square foot cold storage facility where they are processed and typically ship out the same day.

Premier Mushrooms is one of the first Mushroom Farms in the country with advanced growing technologies. Each of the 64 grow-rooms is equipped with advanced climate-controlled technology which auto-regulates temperature, humidity and C02. After each grow-cycle, steam is utilized to sterilize the rooms in order to ensure maximum quality and safety while minimizing the use of chemicals. Grow beds are also made of aluminum in place of wood in order to inhibit bacterial growth. A streamlined design results in simplified picking, loading and unloading. Barcodes on every flat enhance traceability and each box of mushrooms can be traced to the picker, room, and vendor. As a result, Premier Mushrooms continues to produce some of the highest and most consistent yields in the industry.

Their 21,000 square foot mushroom processing facility is designed for strict adherence to food safety guidelines. These measures are driven by the USDA, Department of Defense and customer specifications. However, Premier Mushrooms takes a proactive approach and strives to exceed those standards already in place. In addition, the cold storage facility also includes bio-terrorism security measures.

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