Lettuce pray… That no one notices the warning? That no one gets sick?
Agri007 has the scoop:
“May 2-4 warning
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency picked 3 a.m. Saturday morning of the May 2-4 weekend to warn the public of a serious risk involving lettuce that could be in a lot of salads at your favourite supermarket.
And then it provided an updated and expanded list on Sunday/Monday.
The following Compliments (Sobey’s, Food Basics) salads, product of USA, are affected by this alert. Continue reading
From Bill Marler’s “Food Safety News” blog:
“Ready Pac Foods of Irwindale, CA is recalling 5,379 cases of bagged romaine salad products, including Caesar salad kits, because they may be contaminated with E. coli.
The romaine lettuce was packaged under the Ready Pac brand name and also under several chain-store brands, all with a “use-by” date of November 18, 2011, and sold in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington.
The recall was initiated based on a single positive random sample result for E.coli O157:H7 reported to Ready Pac by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In the recall notice, Ready Pac said it is fully cooperating with the FDA on the recall. Continue reading
From Alan Cowell and William Neuman of the New York Times, via theStar.ca:
A machine destroys iceberg lettuce on a field near Cappeln, Germany, as investigators continue to seek the source of an E. coli bacterial outbreak. Photo: CARMEN JASPERSEN/EPA
“BERLIN—An unusually lethal strain of E. coli bacteria has infected more than 1,500 people in Germany, mystifying public health officials, ravaging Spain’s agricultural heartland, and touching off panic in Europe as people weighed whether it was safe to eat raw vegetables.
The source of the outbreak, similar to the bacteria involved in the Walkerton, Ont., tragedy 11 years ago, remained unknown. It has killed at least 16 people, 15 in Germany and a Swede who visited there recently. Continue reading