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Old 09-16-2006, 02:31 AM   #1
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Exclamation sorry popeye.. e. coli in your spinach!

Here's something i came across for all you USA people:


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing to alert consumers about an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in multiple states that may be associated with the consumption of fresh spinach and fresh spinach containing-products.

Based on current information, FDA advises that people not eat fresh spinach or fresh spinach containing-products that are consumed raw. Individuals who believe they may have experienced symptoms of illness after consuming pre-packaged spinach are urged to contact their health care provider.


At this time, Natural Selection Foods, LLC, of San Juan Bautista, California, is recalling all of its products that contain spinach in all the brands they pack with “Best if Used by Dates” of August 17, 2006 through October 1, 2006.

FDA continues to investigate whether other companies and brands are involved.

Natural Selection Foods, LLC brands include: Natural Selection Foods, Pride of San Juan, Earthbound Farm, Bellissima, Dole, Rave Spinach, Emeril, Sysco, O Organic, Fresh Point, River Ranch, Superior, Nature’s Basket, Pro-Mark, Compliments, Trader Joe’s, Ready Pac, Jansal Valley, Cheney Brothers, Coastline, D’Arrigo Brothers, Green Harvest, Mann, Mills Family Farm, Pro*Act, Premium Fresh, Snoboy, The Farmer’s Market, Tanimura & Antle, President’s Choice, Cross Valley, and Riverside Farms. These products include spinach and any salad with spinach in a blend, both retail and food service products. Products that do not contain spinach are not part of this recall.

E. coli O157:H7 causes diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. To date, 94 cases of illness have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including 14 cases of HUS and one death.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and states that have reported illnesses to date include: California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The affected products were also distributed to Canada and Mexico.

FDA continues to work closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local agencies to determine the cause and scope of the problem. As part of our investigation, we will test packages of spinach from confirmed cases of E. coli infection


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http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01451.html
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Old 09-16-2006, 02:42 AM   #2
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spinach is gross

You know why this happens- the spinach or lettuce is bagged in the field- never washed. There was another outbreak from lettuce a few months back. The contaminated source was never identified.

One spokesperson for the company said a nasty cow could have wandered into the lettuce field and took a shit on the lettuce.
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:47 AM   #3
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i love spinach
and i love lettuce


it's closing in........
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:18 PM   #4
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i had a heaping helping of spinach this week. it just happened that instead of the bagged stuff, i ran across the organic bundles first. buying organic might have saved me from the barfy-poos. and possibly the deathy-poos.
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:06 PM   #5
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I know, I totally wanted to make a spinich salad today.
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:26 PM   #6
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I once got e coli poisoning from spinach. I missed an important exam.
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Old 09-18-2006, 12:24 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by l'azizza
One spokesperson for the company said a nasty cow could have wandered into the lettuce field and took a shit on the lettuce.
You wish it was only a cow!

You don't think it's the...um...workforce...ahem...that are out in the fields shitting right next to what they are picking b/c they don't get breaks like "real" employees?

This sucks. I hate lettuce & use spinach whenever possible in its place. LONG LIVE FARMER'S MARKETS!!!!
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Old 09-18-2006, 09:39 PM   #8
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it's so good microwaved with feta, kalamatas and extra virgin olive oil
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Old 09-21-2006, 12:34 PM   #9
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Cool spinach can kill you?

It looks some kids got their wish! Eating spinach can kill you.
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