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May 6, 2010 08:21 PM

Romaine Lettuce Recall

Romaine Lettuce Recall

Romaine lettuce recalled in 25 states due to E. coli threat

Includes NJ, NY, Pa, Ohio, Michigan...

full list (all are Mid-West and East Coast):

Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas,
Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

if link doesn't work, just Google "NY Post + Romaine Lettuce Recall"

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  1. Gah. That does it. This weekend I'm starting my own garden. Thanks for info Chow

    1. Geez, vegetarians are nuts. Lettuce is about the most dangerous food you can eat. I mean seriously was there not a recall of lettuce or an outbreak within the last 2 years? I think the recalled lettuce was cut up to make salad.

      At my college there was a fellow student who said he was a vegetarian, I just looked at him like he was suicidal. I mean seriously, who eats veggies without fear anymore? I cannot imagine other countries, U.S. is one of the best countries for high standards. Thanks for the heads up.

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      1. re: Bottomless_Pit

        I don't mean this as a put-down at all. But I suspect you have not travelled much. Americans THINK America is the leader in all things, but fact is it is just not true. Consider this: our population crush, as in most of our population being crammed into cities leaving little to no room to grow food locally, and the demands put on our food production system all too frequently PRECLUDES maximum food safety practices. It's that old adage, "Haste makes waste." And now that our population pattern is set up to demand a massive tax supported infrastructure to maintin roads, rails, and airspace to maximize speedy delivery of our non-urban grown food supply, we have a bunch of people screaming about tax cut backs and "taking the country back." We've painted ourselves into a corner. FYI, the lettuce was probably contaminated by an unclean water supply OR critters (possibly even people) using the fields as outdoor plumbing.

        If you have some romaine in the house and have your doubts, you can fill a large basin with water and add some bleach -- a capful per gallon or so should do it -- and shake the lettuce open, then soak it in the chlorinated water for two or three minutes. Rinse again in cold running water. Enjoy.

        1. re: Caroline1

          Unfortunately the bleach treatment doesn't guarantee that you've killed any microorganisms. Sometimes the plant will "suck up" contaminated water through the xylem, through the stem and into the leaves, so treating with bleach won't help. The recall is for pre-cut lettuce that is "treated" the way you describe above and it still made people sick.

        2. re: Bottomless_Pit

          Please make your point *without* vegetarian bashing. Even the most dedicated meaters eat some vegetables. Who can eat *anything* - meat or plants - without fear nowadays?

          Plus, much of the issues with the proliferation of e. coli into vegetables can be traced to bad practices in meat production, which have let contaminants escape. As Caroline1 says, Americans *think* they have the best production processes, but they are behind many European standards, especially for livestock production. Try seeing the documentary Food Inc for some sobering facts.

          I haven't bought romaine this week, good thing.

          1. re: Bottomless_Pit

            @ Bottomless_Pit: I'm 98% sure you're kidding, seeing as how you recently posted over on the Gardening board about growing your own vegetables. Throw one of those smiley faces at the end of your post or something. People take things literally. It's hard not to, since this is a literal medium.

          2. jfood is now staring more lovingly at the 100 lettuce, mesclun, romaine and spinach plants in his garden.

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            1. re: jfood

              Coney with everything is thinking regretfully of the falafel pita with hummus and romaine that she got at the Pita Pit yesterday...

              Hopefully if it was contaminated lettuce I'd be sick already, but so far so good.

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              1. The link does not make clear it's a recall of SHREDDED romaine only.

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                1. re: Karl S

                  It's always good to link from the FDA if they have something about a food recall vs. the NY Post. :-)


                  It's also important to note that the recall is only about shredded romaine lettuce which has a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier.