Spinach Recall Praised, Criticized

It has been almost exactly a year since the September 2006 E. coli outbreak, and the recent voluntary recall of more than 8,000 cases of Metz Fresh bagged spinach due to salmonella contamination has some consumer advocates renewing their demands for additional government oversight of the produce industry, even as others praise the Metz recall as a sign of significant progress in terms

SALINAS, Calif. — It has been almost exactly a year since the September 2006 E. coli outbreak, and the recent voluntary recall of more than 8,000 cases of Metz Fresh bagged spinach due to salmonella contamination has some consumer advocates renewing their demands for additional government oversight of the produce industry, even as others praise the Metz recall as a sign of significant progress in terms of product testing, traceability and recall speed.

“At this point, the most

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