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Area Farmers Say Romaine Lettuce Sales Increased Following National Recall

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Schuyler Greens says its sales have been up since the recall Schuyler Greens says its sales have been up since the recall
Schuyler Greens is USDA GAP certified Schuyler Greens is USDA GAP certified
The romaine tainted with E. coli was traced back to Arizona The romaine tainted with E. coli was traced back to Arizona
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Sales are up at an Albemarle County company after all the recent troubles surrounding tainted romaine lettuce.

Schuyler Greens grows several varieties of lettuce in its high-tech greenhouse.

After the romaine recalls, the company’s owner now says sales have gone up so much that it's been difficult to keep up with demand.

The Centers for Disease Control recalled romaine lettuce across the country just before Thanksgiving after it was linked to several cases of E. coli.

Health authorities tracked the tainted lettuce to a grower in Yuma, Arizona.

In the wake of that, John McMahon, the owner of Schuyler Greens, says his sales spiked by about 25 percent.

He says recalls like this encourage people to buy locally grown food.

“For us, I mean, growing greens and farming is super important but my - probably our biggest - the thing that I have to focus on the most is food safety because if we ever had an issue we'd be out of business," McMahon said.

Schuyler Greens is one of several farms in the state to be USDA GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) certified, which means all products are produced, packed, and handled as safely as possible.

Other growers and distributors in the area, including the Local Food Hub, say they also saw sales increase directly after the recall and say that trend has continued over the last few weeks.