Sunday, September 24, 2006

Tossed Salad Signals: Is Spinach Safe?

Another example of the web's potentially superior accuracy and timeliness over mainstream reporting (think fast, Popeye, which of these do you trust?):

this one:

Spinach & E. coli: Questions & Answers; (Web MD; Updated 9/22/2006 10:55:05 PM)
Q. Can you trust fresh spinach that's locally grown, such as spinach from farmers markets?
A. Until further notice, the FDA advises people not to eat fresh spinach from any source, including supermarkets, restaurants, and farmers markets.

or this one?

WASHINGTON (AP) - (September 23, 2006 at 1:30:16 PDT)
It's safe to eat spinach grown outside California's Salinas Valley, federal health officials say, and the leafy greens could return to produce shelves in a few days.

buried further down in the same article, however,

"The public can be confident that spinach grown in those non-implicated areas can be consumed and industry is working to get spinach from these areas back on the market," Acheson told reporters.
"I anticipate it will be fast," he later said of that process.
"Whether it will be three days, four days - I don't know. That will be an industry determination."


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