September 15, 2006

Obviously, Throw Out Your Spinach

And to think that just a week or two ago, I was thisclose to writing about the sheer saladic joy I found during the family vacation when my sister introduced us--and by us, I mean 17 members of my family staying next door to each other on a mountainside in Utah--to the giant 5-lb bags of spinach that're so popular with the west coast kids these days.

Stores Throw Out Bagged Spinach After Federal Warning [nyt]

update: LATimes: "Natural Selection Foods LLC said in a statement that it was cooperating with federal and state health officials to identify the source of the contamination and had stopped shipping all fresh spinach products. They are sold under the brand names Rave Spinach, Natural Selection Foods, Dole, Earthbound Farm, Trader Joe's, Ready Pac and Green Harvest, according to the Associated Press."

8 Comments

How is it they haven't pinned the outbreak down to a specific brand or brands?

...cooking the spinach would be fine...no need to toss it out.

IM

We don't eat bagged spinach very often, but, wouldn't you know it, we had a dish with some about 4 days ago.

I'm sure we'd be showing symptoms by now...

IM, throw it out, are you willing to bet your life that you killed all the e.coli by cooking?
If so, maybe you should have a spinach and fugu sandwich.

As if you needed another reason to buy local. Bloody hell, two days of an exhaustive investigation and they *still* don't know how poop got on our spinach?

[bloody diarrhea, actually, but it's half dozen of one... -ed]

Terrific. That's the kind we ate.

Anyone know how long it takes to show symptoms?

[WaPo: investigators trace it by asking people what they've eaten in the week before they became ill. -ed.]

Well, it has been a week since we ate our bagged spinach. So far, I am still here...

We eat a lot of Earthbound farms bagged spinach. Only veggie the 17 month-old will eat. We scramble it with his eggs, we throw it in a quesadilla. I guess we'll have to try something else.

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