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Listeria on catelope!

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 

http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/221643/20110928/listeria-listeriosis-cantaloupe-outbreak-cdc-jensen-farms.htm 

 

yucky!  be sure to wash veggies and fruits well! 

post #2 of 18

I am so over the food recalls lately.  I can not tell you how many lbs of recalled ground turkey I have thrown out in the last 4 months.  Ugh.

post #3 of 18

It's things like this that make me unconcerned about things like avoiding soft ripened cheeses or not eating soft serve icecream. I figure I'm more likely to get listera or ecoli from grocery store produce then I am from a pasturized cheese <shrug> You can be as cautious as you want about things but lousy things still happen, and with food it sometimes happens from the most unlikely sources.

post #4 of 18

Wait, you aren't supposed to eat soft serve?  Why?     ...Whoops.

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by janellody View Post

Wait, you aren't supposed to eat soft serve?  Why?     ...Whoops.



if it is from a reputable place where you know they clean the machine, then it is probably okay.... a lot of those places never clean the machine....

post #6 of 18

I heard this morning on the news that it can take 2 months for symptoms to appear after consuming something tainted with listeria too.  That's why, I guess, it's getting worse now even though it's been out and known for a while about the source.  People are getting sick from the cantaloupe they may have eaten a while ago.

post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by nukedwifey View Post

I heard this morning on the news that it can take 2 months for symptoms to appear after consuming something tainted with listeria too.  That's why, I guess, it's getting worse now even though it's been out and known for a while about the source.  People are getting sick from the cantaloupe they may have eaten a while ago.



Oh jeez.  I hardly ever buy cantaloupe, but DD wanted some a while back so I bought it.  :|

 

ETA:  I usually don't get too worried about things like this, but I'm not usually pregnant either!  :( 

post #8 of 18

Oh, gosh, I ate a ton of cantaloupe last week before I knew about the recall. DS had some too, but not much (he doesn't really like it). I feel great, but since symptoms can crop up 2 months late...<sigh> just one more thing to worry about. 

 

Astraia, its funny you mention those soft cheeses because what I really really wanted last week (and this week too!!) was brie! I avoided it and went for the fruit instead. duh.gif

post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

if it is from a reputable place where you know they clean the machine, then it is probably okay.... a lot of those places never clean the machine....



Reputable like... Burger King??? LOL my hubby got a meal from there and they give you a free soft serve cone now and he gave it to me!!  DOH!

post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 

oh now bagged lettuce is being recalled for listeria!  Right when we are pregnant... right?

 

I don't really like bagged lettuce 'cause of the gross stuff growing in it, but be careful even if you don't buy it because a lot of restaurants use it! 

post #11 of 18

Anyone know if listeria can be gotten rid of with those fruit and veggie washes? I use a produce wash I bought at Trader Joes to rinse fruits and veggies with before eating. It gets off that cloudy pesticide layer, dirt, etc....
 

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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

oh now bagged lettuce is being recalled for listeria!  Right when we are pregnant... right?

 

I don't really like bagged lettuce 'cause of the gross stuff growing in it, but be careful even if you don't buy it because a lot of restaurants use it! 



 

post #12 of 18

In this case, I really don't know.  The scary thing is that's it's entirely possible for bacteria to grow within some produce.  I'm so paranoid at this point, that I'm not eating anything fresh for awhile.  I just don't know what to do with myself greensad.gif

post #13 of 18

Wow. bagged lettuce? would that  include the organic boxed stuff? like that comes in the plastic boxes in the fresh sections? Here I am avoiding deli meats for exactly this reason, and now my fruits and veggies are risky? *sigh* Annoying. 

post #14 of 18

Pregnova - I don't think the boxed salad was recalled, but I'm too scared now to even buy that stuff.  I love a good romaine salad :(  I'm growing some collard greens and broccoli so I'm looking forward to having some of my own veggies soon.  And hopefully it will cool down here soon enough for growing some lettuce...the high is 90^F today.

post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 

This is specifically a recall on romaine lettuce grown and packaged by a specific grower.  But it looks like others are recalling their stuff as well:

 

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/06/23/dole-kroger-recall-italian-salad-blends-over-listeria-concerns/

 

 

That being said, all "prewashed" lettuce is kind of gross: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20100203/prewashed-salads-may-need-another-rinse

 

"Consumer Reports investigators sampled 208 packaged salads, representing 16 brands purchased last summer in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. The salads were sold in either bags or plastic clamshell containers.

They found that 39% of the samples contained more than 10,000 "most probable number" per gram -- a measure of total coliforms, which are bacteria associated with fecal contamination. And 23% had more than 10,000 colony forming units (CFU) per gram of the bacterium enterococcus"

 

I don't know how readily listeria washes off of veggies.  I do know that it thrives in cold climates, so that is why it likes lunch meat and veggies. 

Buying a head of lettuce is much safer then the bagged stuff.  Partly because the bagged stuff has been precut, and all those little cuts allow for entry points for gross stuff.  Better to just buy a bunch of ingredients and make a big salad once a week and keep it in the fridge for quick snacks/meals.

 

If you heat lunch meat to "steaming" the listeria is killed and is fine to eat.

post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

oh now bagged lettuce is being recalled for listeria!  Right when we are pregnant... right?

 

I don't really like bagged lettuce 'cause of the gross stuff growing in it, but be careful even if you don't buy it because a lot of restaurants use it! 



WTF.  :(   I wish we had space to grow our own food.  This is getting ridiculous.  :(


 

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Originally Posted by forestmushroom View Post

This is specifically a recall on romaine lettuce grown and packaged by a specific grower.  But it looks like others are recalling their stuff as well:

 

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2011/06/23/dole-kroger-recall-italian-salad-blends-over-listeria-concerns/

 

 

That being said, all "prewashed" lettuce is kind of gross: http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20100203/prewashed-salads-may-need-another-rinse

 

"Consumer Reports investigators sampled 208 packaged salads, representing 16 brands purchased last summer in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. The salads were sold in either bags or plastic clamshell containers.

They found that 39% of the samples contained more than 10,000 "most probable number" per gram -- a measure of total coliforms, which are bacteria associated with fecal contamination. And 23% had more than 10,000 colony forming units (CFU) per gram of the bacterium enterococcus"

 

I don't know how readily listeria washes off of veggies.  I do know that it thrives in cold climates, so that is why it likes lunch meat and veggies. 

Buying a head of lettuce is much safer then the bagged stuff.  Partly because the bagged stuff has been precut, and all those little cuts allow for entry points for gross stuff.  Better to just buy a bunch of ingredients and make a big salad once a week and keep it in the fridge for quick snacks/meals.

 

If you heat lunch meat to "steaming" the listeria is killed and is fine to eat.


:(

 

post #17 of 18
Eugh, I didn't know that about bagged salads. I hate washing/ tearing lettuce (I can't figure out why, it's not like it's that intensive) so I never ever make my own salads. I eat bagged salads and even then only rarely since no one else in my house likes salad. Not sure I can eat them now, that's gross.

I've been eating sandwich meat and not steaming it in advance. I need portable lunch foods that don't make me want to vomit, and so far a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and packaged meat totally appeals to me. I've never had listeria or any other problems from any food I've eaten- except here and there I've gotten food poisoning from totally basic foods in a restaurant, like pasta dishes- so I'm trying to stay calm about it and eat what I can stomach.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by Astraia View Post

Eugh, I didn't know that about bagged salads. I hate washing/ tearing lettuce (I can't figure out why, it's not like it's that intensive) so I never ever make my own salads. I eat bagged salads and even then only rarely since no one else in my house likes salad. Not sure I can eat them now, that's gross.
I've been eating sandwich meat and not steaming it in advance. I need portable lunch foods that don't make me want to vomit, and so far a sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cheese, and packaged meat totally appeals to me. I've never had listeria or any other problems from any food I've eaten- except here and there I've gotten food poisoning from totally basic foods in a restaurant, like pasta dishes- so I'm trying to stay calm about it and eat what I can stomach.

I asked my midwife about the lunch meat during my last pregnancy.  And she basically said the same thing.  Wash your hands, follow safe food handling practices, get the deli meat from a reputable place, and then relax.  Good nutrition is more important then worrying about the food. 
 

 

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