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Originally posted by SourGrapes
What's the common denominator for all of these brands? Could they all be buying from the same vendor/farm? If so...
Could it be the fertilizer?
The incubation period for E. coli O157:H7 infection (i.e., the period from ingestion of the bacteria to the start of symptoms) is typically 3 to 9 days, although shorter and longer periods are not that unusual. An incubation period of less than 24 hours would be unusual, however.
the Raccoon -- from which Des Moines draws most of its drinking water -- had E. coli readings up to three times higher than NOLA's toxic gumbo five times in 2005 alone. The river's all-time high was set in 1996, the first year of regular monitoring, when a 100 mL sample contained 154,020 E. coli colonies -- a whopping 770 times higher than the EPA's national no-contact standard.
posted by ben91069
My fiance' has been sick with all the symptoms of E. Coli a week and a half. She went to the ER a week ago. They told her she needed antibiotics and such. It is obvious to me it isn't the flu now because it is running a longer course. She got these symptoms a week after I had bought her a different salad mix I normally do not get at the grocery. I normally buy an iceberg lettuce mix, but something at that time made me buy the "greener" variety mix which had spinach in it. I don't eat salads. She came down with all the E. Coli symptoms which I thought was just some routine bug that everyone gets now and then until this outbreak. Tomorrow I am taking her back to the hospital to get a test for E. Coli and copies of her previous visit records so I can see what was done. Will let you know what happens. [Edited By Don W]
Originally posted by psyopswatcher
Two words: Germ Warfare.
As a conspiracy theory, I think it's certainly possible.
Ok, who and why?
1. The FDA letter of Nov 2005 is a cya of a cya (2nd warning). They knew this danger was present and clear. (thnx Sofi)
Because these products are commonly consumed in their raw state without processing to reduce or eliminate pathogens, the manner in which they are grown, harvested, packed, processed, and distributed is crucial to ensuring that microbial contamination is minimized, thereby reducing the risk of illness to consumers. In 1998, the FDA issued guidance to industry entitled "Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fruits and Vegetables."
This Guide recommends good agricultural practices (GAPs) and good manufacturing practices (GMPs) that growers, packers, and shippers may undertake to address common risk factors in their operations, and thereby minimize food safety hazards potentially associated with fresh produce.
FDA Letter to California Firms that Grow, Pack, Process, or Ship Fresh and Fresh-cut Lettuce
A 2-year-old Idaho boy's death could be linked to the nationwide outbreak of spinach contaminated with E. coli bacteria, a state health official said.
The boy, Kyle Allgood, may have eaten spinach in the days before becoming ill. Testing results are expected sometime next week, said Idaho epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn, who spoke to CNN affiliate KBCI in Boise.
Kyle became sick September 15 after friends said his mother had blended spinach into a smoothie for him. He was initially hospitalized at Portneuf Medical Center in the eastern Idaho town of Chubbuck, before being transferred to Primary Children's Medical Center in Salt Lake City where he died overnight Wednesday from kidney complications, according to CNN affiliate KSL.
The media is buzzing over the spinach crisis, caused by an outbreak of the potentially lethal bacterium E. coli O157:H7. A curious yet widespread claim is that, because some of the spinach so far identified as contaminated came from organic farms, organic farming is unsafe. It's a curious claim, because scientists understand pretty well where the O157:H7 is coming from: the bellies of factory-farmed cows. Their manure, as it turns out, is now crawling with the critters.
Spinach, Feedlots and Knowing the Backstory
A 2-year-old boy who died from kidney failure last month had been infected with the same strain of E. coli bacteria that prompted a nationwide consumer warning on fresh spinach and sickened at least 192 people, authorities said Wednesday.
Kyle Allgood was the second confirmed death in the outbreak, which also killed an elderly Wisconsin woman.
"This confirms what we suspected for quite some time," said Ross Mason, a spokesman for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. "Confirming that, though, was important information and will help us in the future if we have similar situations."
The boy, who would have turned 3 in December, died Sept. 20 in Salt Lake City after developing a type of kidney failure caused by E. coli. Health officials had to wait for the results of genetic testing on the bacteria to determine whether his illness was from fresh spinach.
The E Coli bacteria outbreak, now in 20 states, has hit the Ohio Valley with a tragedy. A little girl from Cambridge Ohio has died just weeks before her second birthday. And Children's Hospital confirmed she had E Coli. But is it the same as all of the people dieing from the spinach E.coli?
Little Olivia Perkins of Cambridge was treated at a Guernsey County Hospital at first and was sent home. Later, she got even sicker and was sent to Children's Hospital where they found she had E Coli bacteria. The County Health Department checked everything from swimming pool water to a petting zoo at a local festival. They could not find any E Coli. But now that the spinach re-call is making national news the family remembers they put spinach leaves on sandwiches. The Cambridge -Guernsey County Health Department has called an epidemiologist in on the case. They have made DNA tests....to see if this is indeed the same strain that's being linked to bad spinach nationwide. They expect the results will be back any day now. Olivia died on August 22.