Greene Gardens Case

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| Greene Gardens | An Ethical Dilemma | 10/23/2012 | In the article Greene Gardens the 2006 E. coli outbreak in the California spinach industry is described from the perspective of Seth Greene. His story lasts for 29 days with four distinct days being emphasized. Seth Greene is the owner of Greene Gardens, which grew many types of vegetables in California’s Salinas Valley, including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, and spinach. Greene sold approximately 80% of his crop to GRT Salads and the remaining to smaller processors. Greene’s crop made up about 20% of GRT Salads production, yet GRT marketed that 80% of their vegetables were grown by Greene Gardens. Both of these companies are stakeholders in this story, with Seth Greene and his company being at the forefront. Greene’s dilemma begins with the FDA’s report on September 14, 2006, when they issued a warning to all consumers to avoid eating fresh bagged spinach. Their report stated that an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 had surfaced in eight different states, resulting in the death of one person and 49 others becoming ill. This initial report stated that the first reported case occurred several weeks earlier, but health officials were unable to determine spinach as the culprit until more cases were reported and they were able to find a common link between them. Over a week later the FDA continued to update that the outbreak had spread to 25 states and had risen to 166 people infected. At this point it was also found that the contaminated spinach had been grown in Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Clara Counties, and that spinach grown elsewhere in the U.S. had not been affected. Three companies, including GRT Salads, voluntarily recalled all of their products containing fresh spinach. Fifteen days after the FDA’s initial report it was announced that all of the

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