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Forum DIET & CARE bagged greens and e.coli

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    • Ester Yeh
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      I’m sure you all have heard about the bagged spinach and the E.coli problem right now.   I’ve been getting alot of emails on my etherbun mailing list about this. I havne’t read through them all yet because it was ALOT of emails haha.  But I have read some and one person said that you should be careful using any bagged veggies since bacteria can be easily trapped that way.  He also said that using organc produce has been his main problem and he guessed that E.coli was the main culprit.

      Bagged veggies also run a greater risk of botulism because oxygen is removed from the bags to make the greens last longer & they are packed with nitrogen or some other gas.

      I just thought i’d share even tho im sure most of you know this already

      I was just wondering how everyone here prepared their greens before giving it to their buns? Do you just simply rinse it in water or do you do something else?


    • Elena Niznik
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      I just simply rinse it with water but i cut the very top off the leaf, i dunno why I do this i think it cuts the germy bits off that sticks out the plastic pack it comes in.


    • Bunnies4ever
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      I just read that rinsing the spinach does NOT get rid of the bacteria, but boiling it does.


    • Ester Yeh
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      Im not quite sure if i remember this correctly but i had heard somethign about washing greens with something called HR…


    • BinkyBunny
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      New_obsession –   Great post!!   I actually did not know this.   Partly because I have never use bagged greens and veggies. This is great information, and I am going to research bagged and organic greens/veggies further.    I love learning something new, even if it’s old news.   

      I do only use water.   I used to use a veggie washer, but no matter how well I rinsed the greens, two of my bunnies would get loose stools.   So now I only use water.  But what I do is get a large bowl.  I fill it with water and fully submerge my greens and rub them together and really wash with light friction, then I put them into a strainer and run water over them to rinse further.

       


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      SAN FRANCISCO – Less than a week after the Food and Drug
      Administration lifted its warning on fresh spinach grown in
      California’s Salinas Valley, a popular brand of lettuce grown there
      was recalled Sunday over concerns about E. coli contamination.

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      The lettuce does not appear to have caused any illnesses, the
      president of Salinas-based Nunes Co. Inc. said.

      The lettuce scare comes amid other federal warnings that some brands
      of spinach, bottled carrot juice and recent shipments of beef could
      cause grave health risks — including paralysis, respiratory failure
      and death.

      Executives ordered the recall after learning that irrigation water
      may have been contaminated with E. coli, said Tom Nunes Jr.,
      president of the company.

      So far, company investigators have not found E. coli bacteria in the
      lettuce itself, Nunes stressed.

      "We’re just reacting to a water test only. We know there’s generic
      E. coli on it, but we’re not sure what that means," he said. "We’re
      being extra careful. This is precautionary. "

      The recall covers green leaf lettuce purchased in grocery stores
      Oct. 3-6 in Arizona, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Idaho
      and Montana. It was also sold to distributors in those states who
      may have sold it to restaurants or institutions.

      The recalled lettuce was packaged as "Green Leaf 24 Count, waxed
      carton," and "Green Leaf 18 Count, cellophane sleeve, returnable
      carton." Packaging is stamped with lot code 6SL0024.

      FDA spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said the agency is aware of the
      voluntary recall but had no details.

      "As a standard course of action, we would expect the firm to
      identify the source of the contamination and take steps to …
      ensure that it doesn’t happen again," Zawisza wrote in an e-mail.

      It’s unlikely that the bacteria in the lettuce fields share the
      source of the E. coli found in spinach that has sickened nearly 200
      people and has been linked to three deaths nationwide, Nunes said.

      Pathogenic Escherichia coli bacteria, or E. coli, can proliferate in
      uncooked produce, raw milk, unpasteurized juice, contaminated water
      and meat. When consumed, it may cause diarrhea and bloody stools.

      Although most healthy adults recover within a week without long-term
      side effects, some people may develop a form of kidney failure.

      That illness is most likely to occur in young children, senior
      citizens and people with compromised immune systems. In extreme
      cases, it can lead to kidney damage or death.

      The recall at Nunes Co., a family-owned business with more than
      20,000 acres of cropland in Arizona and California, comes days after
      federal agents searched two Salinas Valley produce companies
      connected to the nationwide spinach scare.

      Epidemiologists also warned consumers last week to stay away from
      some bottled carrot juice after a Florida woman was paralyzed and
      three people in Georgia experienced respiratory failure, apparently
      due to botulism poisoning.

      Also on Friday, an Iowa company announced that it was recalling
      5,200 pounds of ground beef suspected of having E. coli. The
      government said no illnesses have been reported from consumption of
      the beef.

      The outbreaks have sparked demands to create a new federal agency in
      charge of food safety. Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary
      Rodham Clinton, both New York Democrats, are sponsoring legislation
      authored by Sen. Richard Durbin (news, bio, voting record), D-Ill.,
      to create the unified Food Safety Agency.

      "This recent outbreak must be a wake-up call to get our food safety
      house in order, because right now it’s in pure disarray," Schumer
      said at his Manhattan office. "We need to have one agency take
      charge to ensure the next outbreak isn’t far worse."

      The outbreaks have also devastated the economy of Salinas Valley,
      the self-proclaimed "Salad Bowl to the World."

      Farmers in the area, about 100 miles south of San Francisco, began
      plowing spinach crops under and laying off workers last month, as
      government inspectors examined fields and packing houses for the
      source of the deadly outbreak.

      Nunes said he upgraded safety inspection protocols in wake of the
      spinach scare.

      "There’s a high level of urgency in our industry, and we’re being
      very proactive," Nunes said. "It’s obviously based upon recent
      events in the produce industry and concern for customers. We just
      don’t want anything to happen."

      http://news. yahoo.com/ s/ap/20061008/ ap_on_re_ us/tainted_ lettuce


    • Gravehearted
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      this is seriously scary stuff! thanks for sharing the article too


    • Gina Won
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      Wow, all this stuff is crazy.

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