Now All Spinach Has E. Coli!

The Spinach Crisis continues!

First of all, for those of you who are reluctant to open up your bowels to an E. Coli orgy, please be aware that the FDA has now advised everyone to stay away from all spinach.

Better yet, the FDA actually warned spinach producers last year that there was a danger of an outbreak:

    In November 2005, the FDA sent a letter to growers, packers, processors and shippers warning them to improve produce safety.

    “In view of continuing outbreaks,” the agency wrote, “we encourage firms to consider modifying their operations accordingly to ensure that they are taking the appropriate measures to provide a safe product to the consumer.”

The fact that no spinach growers took the warning to heart or did anything to remedy the situation just goes to show exactly how impotent the FDA ultimately is to guard your safety. As the luscious ladies over at Accidental Hedonist say, what a toothless agency.


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  1. B says:

    My co-workers are convinced the tainted spinach is an Al-qaeda plot. Apparently the terrorists hate our freedom and our green leafy vegetables.

  2. thwarted says:

    Our D’Agostino’s is not only refunding anyone who brings back their bagged spinach, but also giving refunds to anyone who brings back bagged spinach from other stores.

    Who wants to go Dumpster diving?

  3. WindowSeat says:

    The local paper (Erie Times-News) ran an informative graphic yesterday about spinach and the other vegetables that you could confuse with spinach. Apparently, Swiss Chard, Romaine Lettuce, Bok Choy and Bibb Lettuce all look like spinach! Who knew?

  4. - says:

    read fast food nation, the FDA has absolutely no power over these kinds of problems. Reminds me of the consumerist “Im thinking of writing a strongly worded letter” t-shirt.

    Maybe it would be a good idea to stop using animal feces to grow our food.

  5. Keira says:

    Really, until this starts having relevance to the Arugula crops, I feel this story is overblown.