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Is the FDA ready for the next E. coli outbreak?

Leafy green vegetables have become the leading cause of E. coli poisoning. And the federal government still lacks the means, and maybe the will, to take it on.

The danger in our salad bowls
Video by Caitlin Healy/Globe staff

It’s been more than a year since a big E. coli poisoning outbreak caused by romaine lettuce sickened 61. It should have been the wake-up call that mobilized the government to defeat this threat to food safety. The Globe investigated, and found that instead, the government still lacks the means, and maybe the will, to take it on.