[permaculture] organic food blamed for e coli outbreak

Pat Meadows pat at meadows.pair.com
Sat Sep 16 11:00:14 EDT 2006

On Sat, 16 Sep 2006 14:05:13 +0000 (UTC), you wrote:

>This story has been running for more than a day now:
>WASHINGTON (AP) -- A California natural foods company was linked Friday to 
>a nationwide E. coli outbreak that has killed one person and sickened 
>nearly 100 others.
>In case the article is altered or removed by the time you see this - it is 
>an AP article and it features two photographs of Earthbound Farm Organic 
>Spinach. One is a picture of a variety of bagged greens with the organic 
>E. coli lives in the intestines of cattle and other animals and typically 
>is spread through contamination by fecal material.

The FDA warning has evidently spread to ALL bagged spinach from any
producer.  See:  http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01450.html

E. coli lives in the intestines of humans too, of course, and can be spread
by the humans working with a crop, whether in the fields or in the
processing plants.  This would apply to all growers, whether organic or
regular commercial.

I believe there are regulations within the Organic Standards that protect
crops from the application of fresh manure (manure, that is, that might
spread E. coli).

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