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E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Multi-State Lettuce Recall

Lettuce Be Careful: E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Romaine Recall

Here's a pretty convincing argument in favor of washing bagged greens. An E. coli lettuce outbreak has sickened at least 19 people, hospitalized 12, and left three people gravely ill.

Freshway Foods and Imperial Sysco brands are recalling romaine lettuce in at least 23 states east of the Mississippi. The romaine has also been sold in salad bars and delis in stores like Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores.

I'd been optimistic about the Obama administration's promise to establish more stringent food safety guidelines, but this demonstrates that, sadly, nothing has really changed. I'll be steering clear of raw greens for a while — what about you?

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GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I wonder why vegetables are even exposed to E. coli? Exposure to human or animal feces?
Spectra Spectra 7 years
No, I won't avoid raw leafy greens because of this. I'll be slightly more careful about them, but why avoid them entirely? Soak them in a mixture of baking soda and water for a little while and then rinse them off very well.
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