Colorado spinach growers are breathing a little sigh of relief, while also holding their breath a bit -- as they wait to find out just how much a recent E.-coli bacteria scare will cost them.
State agriculture and health officials now say fresh spinach grown in Colorado IS safe to eat, and poses NO danger to consumers.
Colorado Agriculture Commissioner Don Ament is also urging consumers to support the state's spinach farmers.
But some are still concerned. Brighton grower Dave Petrocco says he's worried that consumers have lost confidence in spinach, and Petrocco Farms hasn't harvested any of its crop in the last ten days. He's also keeping an eye on the weather, saying the business will lose its crop if a snowstorm moves in.
Petrocco estimates losses so far at $25-$30 thousand dollars.
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