NATIONAL WARNING - Dole pre-packaged salads recalled for E. coli - VeggieBoards
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#1 Old 10-03-2005, 12:11 PM
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I don't know how many of you purchase prebagged salads, but if you do, avoid the Dole brand right now...



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Dole pre-packaged salads recalled for E. coli

11 people sickened in Minnesota; FDA issues national warning

Updated: 12:06 p.m. ET Oct. 3, 2005




WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is warning people not to eat certain Dole pre-packaged salads that have been connected to an outbreak of E. coli infections in Minnesota.



The illnesses have all been associated with Dole salads bought at Rainbow Foods grocery store outlets in the state. But salads carrying the same production codes have been distributed nationwide, prompting the national warning, the FDA said.



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Thanks for posting and as a side note...I've always found Dole, Fresh Express, etc to take awful. They have a funny chemical taste and smell...



The only bagged salads I can stand is Earthbound Farms and Trader Joe's brand
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Should we avoid the Dole brand right now, or follow the FDA's advice (to avoid certain products within the Dole brand)?
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I thought e coli came only from the intestines of animals? Are there strands that come from elsewhere as well, or is this something REALLY gross that I just don't want to know?
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I think e. coli can spread through water, like if it got animal waste in it and was then used to water crops, or if manure was used for fertilizer maybe. Not positive though.
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E. Coli is in a lot and spreads very easily. You can definitely get it from water -- even form just swimming in infected water. People are most commonly infected by it through uncooked meat, unpasteurized milk, and sanitation issues.





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Very likely, the batches of salads that were recalled were contaminated by a Dole worker somehow. (Probably never washed his hands after going potty.)

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gross
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#9 Old 10-03-2005, 06:48 PM
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I do buy Dole salads. But that warning's a bit late if the infected salads all have Use By dates of Sept 23rd.
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I don't like them myself, but the people I live with buy them. I THINK it's Dole, anyway. Maybe I'll recommend something else, in case this happens again.
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Thanks for posting this! My mom just went to the store today and bought a bag.. she'll be taking it back.
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I generally don't buy stuff like this, but I sometimes do.



Whenever I do, I never trust the "pre-washed, ready to eat" label on the package, but always wash it like any other produce.



(No, I'm not saying that all you need to do is to wash this stuff. But I think it is always prudent to wash this stuff if you are going to eat it.)



I read a story some time back where a farmer who was growing vegetables for a company with a similar product was also raising animals on another part of his farm. He was using well-water to wash the veggies, and the animal waste got into and contaminated the well water, which in turn contaminated the packaged "pre-washed" items with e. coli.
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thank you for letting us know



my friend has e.coli 2 weeks ago .... i don't want THAT
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I do buy pre-packaged salads sometimes, but I generally don't buy Dole now because the last time I bought their salad it tasted HORRIBLE. I couldn't even finish the first salad. The date was fine and the lettuce fresh enough, but it just had this really bad taste to it.
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i hardly ever eat packaged salad mixes anymore because a few years ago i read an article about many of them having high levels of bacteria. and, like joe, i wash them first when i do.
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Yeah, thank you for posting this. Me and my daughter went to the grocery store today. They had package lettuce, salad so cheap. I so wanted to put it into my cart, but I said no!! I heard it on the news earlier.



Wow, how crazy, that us veg's have to worry about package salad.
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I think most salad greens get e coli on them because farmers don't provide bathroom facilities for their workers. It's human E. coli on there, not farm animal E. coli (ew, human poopy ).



I think I got sick from some store salad a friend gave us, I've been having horrible intestinal pain for a couple days. And it tasted nasty, too. But I don't know what brand it was.
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A kid died of e-coli today in the UK. I heard on the news.
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A kid died of e-coli today in the UK. I heard on the news.



Yeh, i was just about to post that..... strange coincidence.
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Yeh, i was just about to post that..... strange coincidence.



It was in Wales wasn't it, he was only 5, the poor thing.
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It was in Wales wasn't it, he was only 5, the poor thing.



I'm not sure, i only caught half the story. Did it mention where he got it from? but yes, such a shame
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No not yet, but they've said that it is under investigation.
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From today's FSNET

Child dies in Wales E. Coli outbreak

October 4, 2005

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LONDON - A five-year-old boy has died, according to the hospital treating him, after contracting E. coli food poisoning in an outbreak which has hit 161 people in Wales, mainly children.

The story says that Mason Jones, from Deri, near Bargoed, Caerphilly, died on Monday night at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children where four other children are being treated for E. coli infection.

He had been admitted on September 27, 11 days after the outbreak of the potentially fatal bug was first detected.

The source of the outbreak has yet to be confirmed but the Food Standards Agency has linked it to meat supplied to schools by Bridgend firm John Tudor.

Schools, local authorities and other catering outlets supplied by the firm have been told not to use any of the firm's meat products in case they are contaminated.





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#24 Old 10-05-2005, 05:35 PM
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Damn. I have a bag in the fridge. It'll be thrown in the nearest hefty bag.
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