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thirdeye 09-15-2006 08:10 AM

FDA Spinach Warning
If you haven't see it on this mornings news, the FDA is advising that if you have fresh or bagged spinach (any brand), toss it out due to an E. coli risk.

Arlin_MacRae 09-15-2006 09:31 AM

I heard that on the news last night, thirdeye - nasty chit. Something like 15 cases of infection and one death even...

jpw23 09-15-2006 10:21 AM

I suppose if you cooked it, it would be ok......I ain't gonna take that chance though.

frognot 09-15-2006 10:27 AM

More proof that veggies ain't good for you!

bbqjoe 09-15-2006 10:33 AM

E coli outbreak
FDA News

September 14, 2006
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FDA Warning on Serious Foodborne E.coli O157:H7 Outbreak
One Death and Multiple Hospitalizations in Several States

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an alert to consumers about an outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 in multiple states that may be associated with the consumption of produce. To date, preliminary epidemiological evidence suggests that bagged fresh spinach may be a possible cause of this outbreak.
Based on the current information, FDA advises that consumers not eat bagged fresh spinach at this time. Individuals who believe they may have experienced symptoms of illness after consuming bagged spinach are urged to contact their health care provider.
“Given the severity of this illness and the seriousness of the outbreak, FDA believes that a warning to consumers is needed. We are working 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,” said Dr. Robert Brackett, Director of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).
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, 50 cases of illness have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including 8 cases of HUS and one death.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing and states that have reported illnesses to date include: Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
FDA will keep consumers informed of the investigation as more information becomes available.

sotexn 09-15-2006 05:28 PM

That's just great. Bought a bag for the first time in a year. Wilted it last night with vinegear and bacon/EVOO and ate it last night.

Well things are ok, so I dodged the bullet.
Tossed the remaining bag to be sure

bbqjoe 09-15-2006 05:37 PM

generally speaking, ecoli can't take the heat, so if it's cooked you're probably alright.

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