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Old 10-06-2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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Top "iffy" foods, article

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Dangerous foods list includes leafy greens, eggs, tuna - Oct. 6, 2009

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Old 10-06-2009, 11:18 AM   #2
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Oh phooey! Maybe we should just stop eating!

I mean, when you look at the reasons why they are calling these foods dangerous, it's just plain weird. Who doesn't wash their greens? And why would you leave tuna (or any other fish or meat) out of the fridge for extended periods and think it was safe to eat?

Any food at all can be dangerous if not handled properly.

Who else remembers back when they were blaming cancer on bacon? Yes. bacon has nitrites, but so does spinach. Who stopped eating spinach?
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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LOL!
O.K. who has a recipe for spinach salad with eggs? (smirk)
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:26 AM   #4
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Note that "most dangerous" means illness, not health hazard. Leafy greens, in 20 years, have caused 13,568 illnesses. A life long spinach eater wills till be able to run laps around the lifelong bacon eater's grave =)
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:27 AM   #5
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... with bacon
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Old 10-06-2009, 11:40 AM   #6
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Articles like these are, in my opinion, more dangerous than the "information" they pretend to disseminate.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:28 PM   #7
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Top ten "iffy" foods

"I mean, when you look at the reasons why they are calling these foods dangerous, it's just plain weird. Who doesn't wash their greens?

Any food at all can be dangerous if not handled properly."


I agree with this statement. Spinach needs to be washed so many times before been served. Even a beautifull fruit like strawberry needs to be carefully handled, sometimes I get some with dirt on them.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:02 AM   #8
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The problem with the spinach wasn't surface contamination, unfortunately. Washing didn't help. The problem, if I recall correctly, was in the soil. The greens actually took the contaminants up into it as it grew. It likely either came from incorrectly composted manure as fertilizer, unintended runoff from an animal farm, or, as I saw it so delicately put somewhere, field workers not practicing good hygiene. I'll leave the rest of that picture to your imagination.
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Old 10-07-2009, 01:36 PM   #9
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The problem with the spinach wasn't surface contamination, unfortunately. Washing didn't help. The problem, if I recall correctly, was in the soil. The greens actually took the contaminants up into it as it grew. It likely either came from incorrectly composted manure as fertilizer, unintended runoff from an animal farm, or, as I saw it so delicately put somewhere, field workers not practicing good hygiene. I'll leave the rest of that picture to your imagination.
uhm, problem here. the article does _not_ mention what "out break" they're talking about with regard to spinach / leafy stuff.

it is the tenth paragraph before
"Salmonella was also a chief culprit in egg, cheese and tomato-related illnesses,"
is a specifically named "out-break"

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My post was in reference to ChefJune's comment about washing greens. I probably should have specified that the "problem with the spinach" I was talking about in particular is the e coli/spinach problem in 2006, as that was the biggest and most recent scare about greens. My point was that washing wouldn't have made any difference in that case, because the contamination was not on the surface.
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