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ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

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Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State,… Continue Reading

Multiple Spinach Brands Recalled in Canada for Salmonella Contamination

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Three brands of bagged spinach — Frisco’s, Queen Victoria and Metro — have been recalled by Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd. because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products were distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and possibly other provinces. The identifying information for the packages is as follows: Marques commerciales Format Code(s) sur le… Continue Reading

California’s LGMA Changes Standards on Animal Intrusion Into Fields

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California’s Leafy Green Marketing Agreement announced a “significant change” on Thursday to its standards concerning animal intrusion into fields, according to LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall. Until now, leafy green growers have been advised to take measures to prevent a specific list of risky animals, such as deer or livestock, from intruding into lettuce, spinach and… Continue Reading

My Tour with Foodborne Illness Victims Through the Leafy Greens Industry

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My life changed forever in June 1996, when my two little sisters were stricken with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating “triple-washed, ready-to-eat” mesclun lettuce. At first, they suffered horrendous cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. While Chelsea soon recovered, Haylee — who was just three years old at the time — fell critically ill with hemolytic… Continue Reading

Cryptosporidium Outbreak Sickened 300 in UK Last Year

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Approximately 300 people in England and Scotland were sickened in an outbreak of Cryptosporidium in May of 2012, announced public health authorities this week. The parasite that caused the outbreak is thought to have originated in ready-to-eat bagged salad mixes, said England’s Health Protection Agency in a report published Tuesday. “The strongest association with infection… Continue Reading

Organic Baby Spinach Recalled Nationwide Over E. coli Concerns

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Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is recalling select Organic Baby Spinach products over concerns they may be contaminated with (EHEC) Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Symptoms of the diseases caused by EHEC include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that may in some cases progress to bloody diarrhea. Fever and vomiting may also occur. According to a company press release… Continue Reading

How Do Pathogens Get Into Produce?

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Leafy greens, lettuce, cantaloupes, mangoes and strawberries. These are just some of the foods that have sickened or even killed people when they were contaminated with foodborne pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella. Amidst the confusing swirl of information about these and other produce outbreaks, the question arises: Were some of these pathogens inside… Continue Reading

Ultrasound Treatment Helps Kill E. Coli on Leafy Greens

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Ultrasound treatments may help reduce E. coli numbers on leafy greens by as much as 90 percent more than solely using conventional chlorine washes, according to new study by researchers at the University of Illinois. Today, growers will often clean leafy greens such as spinach in chlorine baths. By lining the sides of these tubs… Continue Reading

Suit Filed Against Maker of Spinach Linked to E. coli Outbreak

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A New York woman sickened in the ongoing E. coli outbreak linked to a packaged spinach and spring mix is suing the producer of the contaminated greens. Sandra Isaac, a resident of the Rochester area, became the first outbreak victim to file suit against State Garden, whose Spinach and Spring Garden Mix has been implicated… Continue Reading