Yuma's Lettuce Fields Remain Free of E. Coli

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Farmworkers outside Yuma, Ariz., harvest spinach. Ninety percent of the nation's winter leafy green crops grow in the Southwest desert. Carrie kahn, NPR hide caption

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Farmworkers outside Yuma, Ariz., harvest spinach. Ninety percent of the nation's winter leafy green crops grow in the Southwest desert.

Carrie kahn, NPR

America gets much of its winter lettuce from the fields of Yuma, Ariz. But unlike the country's other big lettuce region — California's Salinas Valley — Yuma's crops haven't been hit with E. coli contamination. Produce companies are learning new lessons about avoiding future outbreaks.

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