(NBC) The government will now have increased oversight of farms involved in the country’s food supply.
The rules come after several high-profile outbreaks. this year, a salmonella outbreak linked to cucumbers killed four people.
In 2011 — several dozen died in a listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes.
Workers will need to be trained in hand washing and other basic hygiene. Irrigation water will also be monitored for harmful bacteria.
An estimated 1 in 6 Americans becomes sick with a food-borne illness each year.