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Some Salmonella With That Lettuce And Eggs?

Some Salmonella With That Lettuce And Eggs?

Just ten days ago, I wrote here about the deadly listeria outbreak, linked to cantaloupes, in which 25 people have died so far, and another 98 have been sickened. It is the deadliest known outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. since an outbreak of listeria in Mexican-style cheese in 1985.

Now It’s Salmonella And Lettuce….

In the next case of food-related illnesses, more than 3,000 cases of bagged salad blends have been recalled by Taylor Farms Retail due to worries about possible salmonella contamination. The precautionary move followed a random test on a package of spinach by the State of Washington Department of Agriculture, the Salinas, California, company said Wednesday, October 19.

There have been no reported illnesses linked to the recalled products thus far, but you should know that the bagged salad products include those with “best by” dates ranging from Oct. 18 to 21. They were marketed under the brand names Fresh Selections, HEB, Marketside and Taylor Farms and included bags of Romaine Blend, Asian Salad, Caesar Salad and Spring Mix items.

The products were distributed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Puerto Rico and sold in various retail supermarkets.

Don’t hesitate to discard this lettuce if you have it in your fridge!

Or, If You Prefer, Salmonella And Eggs…

And in yet another incident, six people in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, area have been sickened with salmonella linked to organic eggs from an Owatonna farm that sells to Lunds, Byerlys, Kowalski’s and other markets and co-ops across the metro area.

Farmer Larry Schultz said several thousand cartons of eggs produced or packaged at his farm, and sold under three brand names, were voluntarily recalled late Wednesday after an investigation by state and federal agencies made the link to his operation.

Unaffected fresh eggs from farms associated with Larry Schultz Organic Farm will be back in some stores Friday. Schultz said those eggs are raised and processed elsewhere, and are not implicated in the salmonella outbreak.

From The Star Tribune:

The people fell ill from Aug. 12 to Sept. 24, the state said. They were children and adults, and all live in the Twin Cities area. Three people required hospitalization, but have been released.

Five of the six reported eating eggs that came from Schultz’s farm, said Trisha Robinson, an epidemiologist for the state Health Department. She said the other victim could have been sickened in other ways such as cross-contamination during food handling, contact with an infected person or by eating in a restaurant supplied with the eggs.

State officials urged consumers to cook eggs thoroughly before eating to destroy salmonella or other bacteria. Salmonella can lead to sometimes fatal infections in very young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy people infected often suffer diarrhea, fever and abdominal pain.

As someone who has suffered from salmonella poisoning, I urge everyone to check those labels carefully. It is a most unpleasant illness.

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2:12AM PDT on Oct 27, 2012

Thank you

7:25AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Prepackaged salads is one of the worst ideas EVER. But they wouldn't be on the market hadn't there been people too friggin' lazy to chop up a lettuce themselves.

Everyone one of us is responsible to some degree about the food we choose to consume.

1:47AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

The only way lettuce can be contaminated with salmonella is via unclean conditions of some sort. Keep everything clean. There will be much less incidences.

6:05PM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

Many of these types of food contamination outbreaks can be traced to contamination from a CAFO - one that's near a farm which was the unfortunate recipient. We need to put an end to cramming thousands of animals (and their feces) into tight areas, with "lagoons" of waste ready to overflow if there is an unusually heavy rainfall.

2:00AM PDT on Oct 27, 2011

thank you for this article :)

3:29PM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

uhoh. now an attack on organic eggs, organic salmonella.

2:43AM PDT on Oct 26, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:28AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

thanks for the info.

10:06AM PDT on Oct 25, 2011

Joe R. - that is hilarious!

On the topic of food poisoning, I think we tend to live in a paranoid, alarmist world, fuelled by mainstream media, and Big Industry marketing.

Not that I wish anyone to become ill; but, really.......a few people got ill from some a food-borne pathogen.......ok.......let's put it in perspective. More people have died through violence, cancer, car accidents, etc.

Yes, it is important to be take common sense precautions - wash hands, food items, etc - but, let's stop the alarmist and paranoid approach to living.

8:28AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

This is one reason that I love this site so much. Where else am I going to get important info like this? Certainly not on Facebook!

Thank you, Care2!!!

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