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Fresh, Bagged Spinach & E Coli - THROW IT AWAY

E Coli outbreaks are being traced to fresh, bagged spinach. If you have any at home, throw it away! Naturally, I ate some last night.

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Fri. Sep 15, 7:27am

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I was going to start a thread on this today. My fiance and I are being tested for E. coli, because we've been sick with stomach pain and severe diarrhoea for about two weeks now. It's not fun! We eat lots of spinach. Will be tossing the rest of our bagged spinach tonight!

Friday, September 15, 2006, 8:41 AM

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maybe wash it when you're using it fresh? Still more convenient...

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:01 AM

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you cannot wash off e-coli. you can opt to cook the spinach, but...

Friday, September 15, 2006, 11:03 AM

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okay sorry, this sounds more serious than I thought, and apparently they are saying you can't wash off the E. coli (why? does it get into the cut ends?) -- so we should toss it.
But what am I going to do from now on? Bagged spinach and bagged salads are the backbone of my healthy eating strategy!
Anyone know how much cooking makes it safe? I can't imagine it would live through stir-frying, but I also like to microwave spinach melts...


Friday, September 15, 2006, 12:08 PM

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may i suggest that you substitute your spinach with kale or arugula or turnip/beet greens for a few days? and you could buy heads of lettuces and tear them and mix them and put the torn lettuce mix into your own baggie for a few days? i did not hear, however, that bagged lettuce was also posing a problem...

Friday, September 15, 2006, 12:12 PM

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