Our brethren in the European produce trade have suffered enormous damages as a result of the food safety crisis related to E. coli 0104:H4. One unfortunate part is that public health epidemiologists have come across like the Keystone Cops. Sitting in America, with very little information we are in no position to identify the source of the outbreak. We will see how the situation develops, but there are some valuable lessons that are already evident.
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