Spinach

by on September 16, 2006
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(I haven’t taken any photos of spinach, but have an apple instead.)

More information has come in about the contaminated spinach, so I wanted to point you to a couple of web pages. First, this article at CNN has a list of all the affected brand names (see below). And this Time Magazine article explains how the way in which spinach and other fruits and vegetables are processed can contribute to contamination.

For those of you who just want to know what the affected brands are, here is the list from the CNN website:

• Bellissima
• Cheney Brothers
• Coastline
• Compliments
• Cross Valley
• D’Arrigo Brothers
• Dole
• Earthbound Farm
• Emeril
• Fresh Point
• Green Harvest
• Jansal Valley
• Mann
• Mills Family Farm
• Natural Selection Foods
• Nature’s Basket
• O Organic
• Premium Fresh
• President’s Choice
• Pride of San Juan
• Pro-Mark
• Rave Spinach
• Ready Pac
• River Ranch
• Riverside Farms
• Snoboy
• Superior
• Sysco
• Tanimura & Antle
• The Farmer’s Market
• Trader Joe’s

The affected packages have Best if Used by Dates of August 17 through October 1. If you have any of these brands of spinach or lettuce mixtures that contain spinach, please do not eat them, even cooked. And some companies that are not on the list, such as Newman’s Own, are advising their customers not to eat any bagged spinach, including their own, until the threat has passed.

As you can imagine, this is worrisome to me because for the past 5 days I have been eating bagged spinach, some of which came from two of the brands mentioned above. For the next week I will probably do a lot of navel gazing, literally. I’m going to wonder if every stomach growl or gurgle is the onset of E. coli sickness. But, for the first time ever, I’m actually glad that my daughter doesn’t like salads–and that because I’ve been eating so many salads at lunch, I haven’t been serving them to the family at night. In fact, I’ve been hogging all the spinach in the house, so if anyone in my family gets sick, it will be me. And I’m pretty tough. ;-)

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