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Old 09-25-2006, 06:56 AM   #1
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E-coli contamination in spinach

Many papers over the last week have carried stories about contamination of fresh spinach by E-coli. There have been recalls of fresh spinach and salad mix packaged in bags.

How can I tell if the spinach is safe to eat?

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Old 09-25-2006, 07:15 AM   #2
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There is an earlier thread that says a lot about the spinach problem. You may look there.
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Old 09-25-2006, 07:23 AM   #3
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the latest is that the contaminmated spinach came from salinas california. if you can find out where your spinach was grown, it should be safe if it wasn't from there.

hey honey, don't look now but you have e-coli in your teeth.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #5
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I think all spinach has been recalled at the moment. There really isn't any way to tell if it is safe. I think we are all stuck with omitting fresh spinach for a while unless it is very locally grown.
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Old 09-25-2006, 08:49 AM   #6
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It has been recalled at our grocer. I looked for it, with no intention of buying it of course, and it was all gone from the produce section.
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:00 AM   #7
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There's no spinach in any of my stores. I'll just wait it out until the scientists decide that it's safe to eat. Doesn't freezing kill e.coli? Listeria are the bacteria that thrive in frozen foods, I believe?
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Old 09-25-2006, 10:31 AM   #8
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I think this incident should serve as a wake-up call to everyone; it's not just about the spinach; but about everything we put in our mouths. It's just got to be washed, because you just don't ever know - all those 'baby greens' and 'baby arugula' salads that are supposed to be 'pre-washed'; wash 'em all!!!!

As for when the spinach is safe, you'll know when you see it back on the shelves and in the restaurants again.

I think the FDA/CDC whoever - should do regular 'spot' testing of all agriculture products before they hit the market shelves.
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I was reading an article in last weeks Nation's Restaurant News, and apparently it is more than just spinach. Contaminated lettuce was found in Ogden utah...also from Salinas CA.

Wash, wash, wash everything! and disinfect anything you find questionable... or just DON'T eat it!

unless you grew it yourself or know who grew it...
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Old 09-25-2006, 11:28 AM   #10
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You cannot wash this strain of e.Coli off. It is a particularly pernicious sort of organism that is imbedded in the vegetables. So even if the people had washed it, it wouldn't have made any difference.
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