Notably, the E. coli outbreak that was traced to contaminated spinach was the most memorable story food writers across the nation wrote about this year.

While Taco Bell and Taco John’s try to recover from the effects of E. coli outbreaks traced to letuce served at their restaurants, The Daily Mail acknowledged that food editors, who would usually focus on the positive – good recipes, the history of a particular food, etc. – found this to be the most important headline of the year.

E. coli-contaminated spinach traced to a farm in California’s Salinas Valley killed three people and infected more than 200 people in 26 states this past September, bringing the topic of food safety back into the limelight once again.