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January 15, 2007

The 2006 Dole Spinach E. coli 0157:H7 Outbreak of 2006 on MarlerBlog

Bill Marler has posted an article on his Marler Blog detailing the developments of the 2006 bagged spinach E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak and placing the outbreak in the context of earlier produce-related E. coli outbreaks.

E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks associated with lettuce or spinach, specifically the "pre-washed" and "ready-to-eat" varieties sold under various brand and trade names, are by no means a new phenomenon. . . .The Center for Science in the Public Interest found that, of 225 food-poisoning outbreaks from 1990 to 1998, nearly 20 percent (55 outbreaks) were linked to fresh fruits, vegetables, or salads.

Last fall's spinach-sourced E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak, was traced to spinach grown by Natural Selection Foods (aka Earthbound Farm) and marketed by Dole, according to the article.  This makes me realize how truly ignorant I am.  Natural Selection Foods provides produce to some 20 different labels.  Were all the tainted samples Dole because the unlucky lot of spinach happened to be going to Dole?  Does Dole have any role in the actual packaging?  So much yet to learn! 

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