(Oct. 18) As retailers once again stock spinach, E. coli issues continue to overshadow consumer confidence.

The St. Paul, Minn.-based Leafy Greens Council plans to discuss E. coli and food safety issues at its annual leadership conference, 4:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in Room 25-B of the San Diego Convention Center.

The meeting coincides with the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit, which also will address the E. coli outbreak during at least two seminars.

David Gombas, vice president of scientific and technical affairs for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, will speak about E. coli and food safety issues, said Ray Clark, executive director of the council.

Although Maureen Torrey Marshall just stepped down in May as council president, Clark said she also plans to speak at the meeting. Clark said Torrey Marshall, vice president of Elba, N.Y.-based Torrey Farms Inc. and chairwoman of United Fresh, plans to update the council on United Fresh programs.

Anyone can attend the meeting, Clark said.