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and, another conventional spinach recall-- west coast this time

soupkitten Jul 8, 2010 09:23 AM


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    QSheba Jul 8, 2010 07:45 PM

    It is helpful to alert people about food recalls...but I think "another conventional spinach recall" definitely is trying to push an agenda and forgets about some organic spinach and lettuce recalls....(OrganicGirl and Earthbound Farms IIRC). Just because someone eats organic doesn't mean they're immune from recalls. I do buy organic when I can, because pesticides/antibiotics/hormones/etc. are not good for my little guy, but I don't buy the argument that I'm less likely to get e.coli from organic foods.

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    1. re: QSheba
      Jadore Jul 9, 2010 08:57 AM

      And here I was about to smugly reply, "Thank God the only spinach I have on hand is a bin of organic baby from Earthbound Farms!" Eek. I didn't know EF had had recalls before.

      1. re: Jadore
        dave_c Jul 9, 2010 10:15 AM

        That was the big spinach recall back in 2006.
        Last I heard, the spinach was contaminated by either cattle grazing nearby or feral pigs.

        1. re: dave_c
          soupkitten Jul 9, 2010 12:07 PM

          the source of the 2006 outbreak was not organic spinach or earthbound farms, it was conventional baby spinach sold mostly under the dole label. you aren't the first person to be confused about the conflicting reports that were circulating at the time, though. here's an article written a year later.


          1. re: soupkitten
            dave_c Jul 9, 2010 12:56 PM

            Yes... there were many different reports coming out at that time. Also, the question is whether the spinach was grown organically, but sold as traditional spinach.

            If the irrigation water is contaminated, conventional and organic spinach will have issues.

        2. re: Jadore
          QSheba Jul 9, 2010 10:18 AM

          And expensive foods are no exception either. D'Artagnan (duck, truffles, etc.) has had a few recalls for listeria. Sure there are ways to minimize your risk, but unless you're growing your own food AND testing it for e.coli, salmonella, listeria, etc., it's hard to avoid. Buying organic isn't a cure all for food poisoning.

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