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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:46 PM
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Lettuce Recalled Over E. Coli Concerns
http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nat-gen/2006/...

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - 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 has been recalled over concerns about E. coli contamination.

The lettuce does not appear to have caused any illnesses, Salinas-based Nunes Co. Inc. said in a statement.

The company initiated a voluntary recall Sunday of green leaf lettuce purchased last week under the Foxy brand name. Foxy is one of the nation's largest suppliers of lettuce, celery, broccoli, vegetable platters and stir-fry mixes.

The recall covered 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.

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truthisfreedom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:48 PM
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1. oh, god, not lettuce. if there is some general recall hint i will be
rushing to the store to stock up. YOU MAY NOT TAKE MY LETTUCE!
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stepnw1f Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:54 PM
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2. Now it's the lettuce
why am I so skeptical.... bird flu anybody?
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jpak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:21 PM
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7. Has ChimpCo's Ag Dept contributed to this by tweaking standards and
lax enforcement????

:shrug:
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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:24 PM
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9. Would a cow shit in a field?
Sorry, couldn't resist. ;)
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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:57 PM
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3. damn! That's my favorite romaine!
Damn!
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rainbow4321 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:00 PM
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4. Carrot juice =paralysis, respiratory failure
WTF is going on w/ all these foods/drinks:



From same article:


Epidemiologists also warned consumers this 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.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:15 PM
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5. what's going on is that our addiction to meat
and factory farms is screwing us all. Nothing wrong with eating meat; we're omnivores even though I choose not to. But the current factory farms are horrible for us, the animals, and the environment. E. Coli comes from cow shit, if I am not mistaken, and most likely is in the water from fertilizers, run-off, etc.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:28 PM
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10. you are exactly right
the world reliance on cows and pigs for food has contaminated the world's sensitive environment.

:(
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:30 PM
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14. i think it's in our shit too...
but that might have come from the cow shit to our food to our shit...

changes the old joke... which shit came first?

I know that when I worked as a lifeguard we had to treat human poop like plutonium- and there are standards for clearing a pool and running the filters/backwash and dumping chlorine or somesuch for a certain amount of time if the poop is runny- Crypto and e.coli are the bad guys in public pool operation.
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:09 PM
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26. let me go out on a limb here...
playing devil's advocate. would it be possible that the farmworkers could be causing this, in retaliation to the chimperor's recent crack downs and edicts?

just a thought...
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 11:05 PM
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28. That was my thought to. One more way to exploit the illegal
immigrant issue.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 01:26 AM
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30. Nope..Just a cog in the global cheap food machine
Look at the the huge fields sometime when you drive past.. See bathrooms??

Migrant workers often LIVE in the orange groves..with their families.. they have no running water except for the spigots that water the trees, and when ya gotta go, ya gotta go.. irrigation "washes" all the waste right into the dirt..the same dirt that "nourishes" the plants we eat..

It's probably like that in many other "farm" operations..

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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 08:16 PM
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33. I don't think it's inconceivable, but
there'd have to be a hell of a lot of farm workers and a hell of a lot of shit to mess up that much produce. those fields are huge. People take much smaller poops than cows...and less often.
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:49 PM
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20. botulism isn't meat related -
it most frequently comes from poor canning techniques:

http://missvickie.com/canning/canning%20errors.html

(It's why home canning strikes fear in the hearts of folks who didn't grow up canning their extra produce.)
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allisonthegreat Donating Member (586 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:28 PM
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36. I love produce
it makes me sick to hear about all this, but as some one else said it is the mega meat farms that is probably causing all this.
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patrick t. cakes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:19 PM
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stick with soda america
coka-cola never hurt anyone
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brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:18 PM
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6. Brings to mind
any number of s**t jokes. It also makes me think this Administration will stop at nothing to distract
voters from focusing on the issues.


California produce recalls - proof that Ahnold's just as full of it as *?

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sutz12 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:22 PM
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8. Back in the good old days.....
The FDA used to prevent this shit. Now, they "don't have any details."

Thank you Republicans for saving all that money we used to spend protecting American consumers. :sarcasm:
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:33 PM
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11. Shit.......
What is it with all these damn E. coli recalls, lately? It seems to take quite a bit for a company to issue a "recall", so I'm not convinced that no one has fallen ill from this.
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filer Donating Member (444 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:04 PM
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12. So how am I supposed to fix a salad?
I'd collect my lawn clippings but they're probably contaminated too.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:19 PM
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13. Biological Warfare--Without Any Terrorists
Just corporate polluters--how American!
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puffthemagicdragon Donating Member (163 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:42 PM
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15. my cramped urban garden
I try to grow as much as I can in my garden which is urban...I had tomatos that are still ripening, my own basil, cabbage, and swiss chard...I wish I could grow everything I need myself but that would mean I have to leave the city. I am definitely (and have been for years) skeptical of the produce I buy. I stick to farmers markets and local growers.
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:46 PM
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16. Same here.........
I grow all sorts of veggies in the Summer......in a very small section of my yard. I'm hesitant regarding what I have to purchase.

BTW....Welcome to DU! :hi:
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Cozumel Donating Member (36 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:37 PM
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24. suburban garden here... (ot)
i live in the city of melbourne. more closely related to the suburbs than the urban community. however, in a VERY small patch, I grow roma tomatoes, big bush tomatoes, okra, radishes, carrots, cayanne pepper, and georgia sweet onions. in various pots I have basil, rosemary, sage, and scallions. i used to have most of this in an apartment. remember, 5-gal buckets are your friends. drill a couple holes in the side and voila, instant planter. I had the okra, a beefsteak tomato, and the cayanne pepper in 5-gals, with everything else twindling according to necessary room.
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ecstatic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:52 PM
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17. I feel sorry for vegetarians...
First spinach, now this!
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Neurotica Donating Member (412 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:14 PM
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18. Is it true that the FDA can't force producers to recall food items?
I seem to remember reading this and just stated it to my husband as fact.

Anyone know?
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Ms. Toad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:53 PM
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21. My understanding is that they can force recalls -
after something bad has happened. What they can't do is prevent the bad from happening in the first place.
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 08:47 PM
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19. The greatest food producing area of our country is California.
If they can convince the country that California foods are scary and unsafe, and we are concerned about getting food, we won't bother thinking about pedophiles in congress, Iraq, corruption in our capital.

I expect to see more "alerts".
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:44 PM
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25. You know how I feel about this.
We have over 1800 acres in the Pajaro and Salinas Valley. We grow lettuce, cauliflower, celery, broccoli and broccolini. My family grows artichokes...brought them over from Italy. I grew up in this area. Something about all of this recall BS isn't passing the smell test. We have NEVER had a problem like this and suddenly e-coli abounds? Instead of the FBI investigating all of the BS on Capitol Hill they raid spinach packers in CA.? I sense something is off here. Seriously.
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 12:29 AM
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29. My 6 yr old grand daughter (Tulare County) was diagnosed w/E.Coli-157
3 days ago. She first got sick a week ago Saturday, but the hospital ER sent her home twice saying it must be a 'flu' thing going around. Her pediatrician was skeptical enough that he sent a urine sample (nothing showed in the ER stool tests) to an outside lab & they found it. CDC has already been notified & are going to investigate - lab called them before they called the doc back. Hers is most likely cattle related, they moved to a dairy farm just 3 weeks ago. I had no idea how easily this could occur till now, but I'm sure learning ... fast! Cuts in water, dairy, meat-processing, sanitation, etc inspections seem to be some of the likely culprits for the staggering increases in occurrences. Some of that GOP tax-break cash would undoubtedly help to curb, at least, some of it.

This is scary stuff.

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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 02:37 PM
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32. It certainly is.
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 02:38 PM by fooj
I hope your granddaughter feels better soon. Is she ok? :hi:
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ebayfool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 11:16 PM
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34. Getting better, Thanks.
They're running a kidney workup to see if function was impaired (at least she's finally peeing now - should be okay!) & testing her 10 yr old sis. Sissy is sick now, too. Her doc said today that one of his partners has a little boy that tested positive for it too, so it might be a school vector(?).

I read @ this stuff in LBN - it's a shock when it hits so close to home - I guess no one ever expects that.

It just seems like it's happening so much more frequently now. That's what I would like to see addressed by those in charge! Not likely, I know!


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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:22 PM
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22. That's it, I'm cooking everything
With the exception of some processed items that are already cooked.
I have to do some taste testing at work but know the micro results.
I know that food is actually safer than it was decaded ago, but with these recalls along with some other issues, I think that might be the best course of action.
Cooking kills e coli and most other bacteria every time.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 09:27 PM
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23. One of the interesting things about these recalls
Is that it forces companies to reveal their brands. So many items now are copacked and sold under names that have no connection to the actual producer. A recall is bad enough. Entire exposure can be worse. These are good deterents.
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Buchananfan Donating Member (16 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 10:27 PM
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27. Putting my toes in the water...
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 10:29 PM by Buchananfan
Hello to all.

I will not change my habits for these bullshit scare campaigns, be they flu, birds, spinach, herbs, beef etc....

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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:24 PM
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35. Hello. What Buchanan are you a fan of, James or Pat? -nt
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patrick t. cakes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 04:30 AM
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31. kale
kale
kale

taste great! :9 and no icky side effects. yet...
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-13-06 05:02 AM
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37. good grief
I had a stomach cramp going on and I ate a salad, but it wasn't this brand. ya get all worked up with these news announcements, ya know. I had to come to old reliable DU to find out that name again... thanks DU!!
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