Bagged salad is being blamed for a brutal outbreak of cyclospora that has mostly ravaged the country’s mid-section. Hundreds of cases of the infection reported across Iowa and Nebraska in recent months are being blamed on a prepackaged salad mix. Officials are not sure if outbreaks in 13 other states are linked to the same salad. Iowa has been by far the hardest hit, at least 145 people have caught the nasty stomach bug. [Snip] Investigators at both the state and federal level are still working to narrow down the exact source of the outbreak.
Comments: This is not the first bagged salad infection outbreak and it´s of concern that the outbreak was reported a week ago and the actual source has still not been identified.
Being the important and omnipotent government agency that it is, the CDC hasn´t a clue about the origin but, MAN!, can they come up with a very complex diagram to show how the bug goes through your ´midsection´. I feel safer already. Don´t you?
I think this news definitely warrants one of those Wireless Emergency Alerts from the president @ 3a. If I can be startled out of a deep sleep by a blaring cell phone in the middle of the night about an Amber Alert, I certainly think I should be notified about bagged cyclospora as well. /s
I cannot imagine why anyone would buy "packaged salad". The whole point of salad is that everything is very fresh. Bagged salads are not fresh. Ditto bowls of cut-up fruit like cantaloupe, which are known for causing salmonella.
Fruits and vegetables come in their own best packaging. When the fruit/veg has been thoroughly washed and that outer packaging (its peel, its skin, its outer leaves) has been removed, and it has been prepared by a person with clean hands in a clean environment, on a clean cutting surface with clean implements, and kept properly refrigerated, it should not cause disease.
I agree with #6. I never, ever buy packaged salad greens. First of all they just plain smell nasty! I also have stopped ordering salads when eating in a Restaurant. Twice I have had a terrible stomach incident from salads that were obviously contaminated. I just order the Soup instead! I love salads, but I make mine from fresh lettuce that is washed. I think the more we eat fresh produce, from our local Farmers Markets, the better off we will be!
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lil dotty, 7/31/2013 11:01:30 AM (No. 9451117)
Our government, find the contamination? They can´t even find something as large as Snowden. Every year this happens. Last year it was spinach. All a plot to do in their enemies before their enemies do to them. The reason private citizens can no longer have a garden and harvest their own vegetables. Solyent Green anyone? Hunger Games?
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