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WASHINGTON (AP) - An outbreak of E. coli in eight states has left at least one person dead and 50 others sick, federal health officials said Thursday in warning consumers nationwide not to eat bagged fresh spinach.<br><br><br><br>
The death occurred in Wisconsin, where 20 others were also sickened, said Dr. David Acheson of the Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The outbreak has sickened others - eight of them seriously - in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060915/D8K4VP3G0.html" target="_blank">http://apnews.myway.com//article/200...D8K4VP3G0.html</a>
 

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Oh, crap. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/brood.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":brood:"><br><br><br><br>
I actually have some bagged spinach that I've been eating, but I haven't gotten sick from it. Should I throw it out anyway? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/worried.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":worried:"><br><br><br><br>
And how long should we hold off on buying bagged spinach?
 

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Good questions. I would suggest cooking any spinach you have instead of eating it raw. Now might be a good time to experiment with Indian-style spinach dishes where the spinach is cooked a long time instead of just quickly steamed 3-5 minutes.<br><br><br><br>
I wish we had more info on which distributor is having this problem.
 

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<span style="color:#008000;">I've eaten salad with spinach in it (from a bag) at work at least 3x this week. Guess I'll stop for a while. If I die, you all can fight over my cd collection and my Star Wars collection. Jeezycreezy can't have it, he already has his own. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></span>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>~Brandon</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br><span style="color:#008000;">If I die, you all can fight over my cd collection and my Star Wars collection. Jeezycreezy can't have it, he already has his own. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></span></div>
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Do you have the new DVD releases with the original theatrical cuts? Dibs!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The elderly, infants, immune compromised, and sick people usually die from this sort of thing. Raw fruits and veggies always carry some risk.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Guacivore</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Do you have the new DVD releases with the original theatrical cuts? Dibs!<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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<br><span style="color:#008000;">No, unfortunately my finances aren't allowing me the luxury of re-buying movies I already own, even for that. If I could find someone to buy my DVD's of the special editions, then I'd think of re-buying.<br><br>
I have lots of good stuff though, otherwise. 10+ lightsabers, lots of 12" figures, and plenty of other goodies. I have a SW fanclub patch with Yoda that bears the "Revenge of the Jedi" moniker, that has to be worth some bank. I have a first printing of "Splinter of the Mind's Eye" by Alan Dean Foster that's worth some $ too. I also have a nice SW fanclub poster still in the original cellophane.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/hump.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":hump:"><br><br><br><br>
If I die, send me a PM and I'll get with you to get your personal info so I can ship my stuff to you.<br><br>
LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"></span>
 

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I wish we had more info on which distributor is having this problem.</div>
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It's probably not a distributor that has a problem.<br><br><br><br>
The salmonella comes probably from the animal manure that's used on the land.
 

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I wonder if this affects Canada? It says "nation-wide" but Canada is not part of the "nation." However, we have spinach that is grown in the U.S. quite often.
 

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Here's an update article from AP, but it doesn't conatin a lot of new information.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://apnews.myway.com//article/20060915/D8K5CM0O1.html" target="_blank">http://apnews.myway.com//article/200...D8K5CM0O1.html</a>
 

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That's kind of what gets me too, about the whole situation with animal wastes contaminating plant foods. If we didn't have a billion+ livestock animals busily converting feed to poo daily, this probably wouldn't happen nearly as often.
 

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I wonder if this affects Canada? It says "nation-wide" but Canada is not part of the "nation." However, we have spinach that is grown in the U.S. quite often.</div>
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It's global I assume, I live in europe and heard on the radio that they now sometimes discover salmonella in lettuce, and that comes from the animal manure according to the new and a agricultural university.<br><br><br><br>
I currently don't buy fresh spinach, it's soo darn expensive after this hot summer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I ate bagged spinach for lunch today...and I am definitely psyching myself out because I keep "feeling" stomach issues that may actually be in my head...<br><br><br><br>
I still have some at home, but I figure, I'd already eaten from it on Wednesday and Thursday so the damage would have already been done by the time I heard about this..<br><br><br><br>
Will probably throw rest out though only because I'm totally skeeved out...<br><br><br><br>
What a bummer...organic pre-washed baby spinach isn't cheap!!
 

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Beefaroni: Raw spinach is a good food and should be included with your lunch, but I would definitely suggest perhaps some grains, legumes, or a food with a healthy fat to accompany it. Imagine a mashed bean burrito inside a whole wheat tortilla with some guacamole and lots of spinach. Mmmmmmm..... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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You know what? Raw sprouts often have e. coli in them too... I am not sure if this is due to exposure to cow manure as a fertilizer or what. I don't think this should be a scare (ie., the bag of spinach in your fridge is probably just fine.), but the FDA (or is it USDA here???) should investigate this matter and see if food safety guidelines are being followed -- ie., any manure used be sterilized, etc. Will they? I don't know. Perhaps, we should write them?
 

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You know what's funny? All of the news channels are telling people to throw out their spinach, don't eat raw spinach, and advising that restaurants are pulling bagged raw spinach as a precaution.<br><br>
Yet, in the much more common meat recalls for e.coli I have NEVER heard a news channel to ask people to stop eating chicken or heard about restaurants pulling chicken from their menus "just in case"! It's always: Now, this only affected a small part of the meat supply, don't worry, chicken is safe...etc etc
 

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You know what's funny? All of the news channels are telling people to throw out their spinach, don't eat raw spinach, and advising that restaurants are pulling bagged raw spinach as a precaution.<br><br>
Yet, in the much more common meat recalls for e.coli I have NEVER heard a news channel to ask people to stop eating chicken or heard about restaurants pulling chicken from their menus "just in case"! It's always: Now, this only affected a small part of the meat supply, don't worry, chicken is safe...etc etc</div>
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Thats because the only food left for the majority of Americans would be french fries.<br><br><br><br>
Plus meat is cooked to higher than 160 degrees, usually, and therefore doesn't carry the same risks as raw produce.<br><br><br><br>
BTW, according to <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/09/15/tainted.spinach.ap/index.html" target="_blank">CNN</a>, the bagged spinach producer was "Natural Selection Foods, based in San Juan Bautista, California".<br><br>
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