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Got bagged fresh spinach?

by Angeline Booher / September 14, 2006 11:28 PM PDT

Throw it away !!!

-- Consumers nationwide should not eat fresh bagged spinach, say health officials probing a multistate outbreak of E. coli that killed at least one person and made dozens of others sick.

The deaths occurred in Wisconsin, where 20 people were reported ill, 11 of them in Milwaukee. The outbreak has sickened others -- eight of them seriously -- in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. In California, state health officials said they were investigating a possible case there.


In discussions I heard, this is not limited to any brand.

One possibility was that the water was contaminated that was used to wash the spinach.

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The experts say always wash bagged produce, Angeline.
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / September 14, 2006 11:43 PM PDT

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Yes. but in this case they...
by Angeline Booher / September 14, 2006 11:53 PM PDT
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Washing won't help, Dave...
by J. Vega / September 15, 2006 8:40 AM PDT

Dave, washing it won't help, the bacteria is also in the interior of the plant. Throw it away.

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Depends on the source of the spinach, if it was raised in a
by Ziks511 / September 15, 2006 8:04 PM PDT

field irrigated with contaminated water, or if it was regularly sprayed with contaminated water then probably yes. This is a problem with Mexican produce because they used to use what used to be called "night soil" because that was when it was collected. People used to go around and pump out the outhouses for fertilizer. It may still be done In Old Mexico (anybody remember the Tom Lehrer song including the word dysentery).


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Re: Human fertilizer...
by John Robie / September 16, 2006 2:06 AM PDT

Living within 150 miles of the Mexican border, our stores do have quite a bit of fresh vegetables/fruit. Wife quit using Bananas & Avacodo from Mexico as they taste quite musty & different. We never use fresh spinach, and like Popeye's which is cooked/canned. I believe it still comes from Crystal City, Tx, which is known as the capitol of spinach and has a large statue of Popeye in the heart of town. Never ever heard of any problem from spinach grown there.

When I went to Japan in the early 1960's, the USAF bases would caution off base residences to not buy vegetables from the local markets, only from the base which had approved fertilizer supplies of fresh vegies. Much of the off base farmers used "honey bucket" human fertilizer . Wooden buckets that were waste from homes. Believe that practice is rarely used today in Japan.

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Not what I heard...
by caktus / September 15, 2006 10:21 AM PDT

An FDA Doc on the ABC evening news said don't even bother in this case. Said don't even bother washing with chlorine, just throw it away.

Can't say weather this Doc knows what he's talking about, but why take the chance? We only get to live and die once.

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To me, this is good news
by Steven Haninger / September 15, 2006 6:09 AM PDT

Hope broccoli and brussels sprouts are next.]:) ..and don't forget about comfrey leaves. Happy

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Chuckle ;-)
by Evie / September 15, 2006 8:43 AM PDT

I like cooked spinach. No big fan of the raw stuff. As a kid my grandmother used to put dandelions in salads. Can't honestly "remember" if I liked them or not.

Evie Happy

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(NT) (NT) No way, Dude. The're my favorites...!
by caktus / September 15, 2006 10:24 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) RIP Popeye
by dirtyrich / September 15, 2006 6:26 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Not any more.
by caktus / September 15, 2006 10:16 AM PDT
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FDA: E. coli linked to Natural Selection Foods
by EdH / September 15, 2006 11:06 PM PDT
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Strange suspicion or unfounded fear
by Steven Haninger / September 15, 2006 11:23 PM PDT

Illegal immigrants... undocumented migrant farm workers...U.S food supply....terrorists testing new methods and entry points????

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