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September 16, 2006


Stefanie Noble

YES. And I find it disturbing that certain local news stories have pretty much been spinning it as "don't eat any spinach ever anymore!" and acting as though bagged spinach is the only possible way to purchase it. Actually, I think I'm going to write an email about it to those stations right now.

I started becoming wary of bagged salads and the like a few months ago for various reasons. Now I have a salad spinner and the few minutes it takes to wash and chop heads of greens is minimal. And how nice is it to know that I don't have to worry about this particular scare?

Stefanie Noble

FYI, this is what I just sent to WSTM and WSYR:


I have been somewhat dismayed at the reporting of the current E. coli outbreak traced to bagged spinach. It is extremely disturbing to hear that the company believed to be at the source of the outbreak supplies spinach to numerous brand names (source: that are available nationwide. For Central New Yorkers, this is a prime opportunity to discuss the benefits of buying locally-grown produce in our area, which has a rich agricultural bounty.

Bagged salads and the like have a high convenience factor, but the origins of the produce are questionable and do we really want spinach from California that has been trucked across the country, especially if it's safety can't be guaranteed?

It just seems to me that the reports about this story are missing the important angle of discussing our local options: produce that has been harvested right before purchase and buying it directly from the farmer, who has a strong sense of personal responsibility in providing a safe and healthy product. There are so many worthwhile vendors in this area that it seems silly for people to have to rely on bags coming from California or to think that this is the ONLY option.

Thank you,
Stefanie Noble


Go get 'em Stefanie! Excellent letter!


"what does it mean that so many brands rely on so few producers for their spinach crop or that one company packages so many brands?"

I was wondering the same thing the other day when the news about the California company came out. Maybe that is a sign of progress that more people can start asking themselves these questions!


Great letter. Hurrah. Maybe we also need to identify good local producers of spinach etc.


My supermarket in the Hudson Valley (Hannaford) pulled all the bagged spinach off the shelves, leaving no information in its place, just bags of iceberg lettuce. I thought they would at least put up a note!

What did they do in the 'cuse?



In the 'Cuse--at least at Wegmans and P&C--the spinach was pulled off the shelves with a stock statement about the E.coli situation. I also noted that the bins of fresh greens--baby spinach and mixed baby lettuces were also removed because the bulk salad mixes are straight from bigger bags.

eileen marrinan

FYI: I was a member of a local organic farm and had e-coli from eating fresh spinach 2 years ago. The owners of the farm reviewed their records and confirmed that the spinach I had consumed was indeed recently fertilzed with manure. I had NOT washed the spinach as it seemed quite clean to me. So in part, it was my fault. I've never been sicker in my life and it affected my liver function. So, it is no so simple as "lets just buy our spinach locally".

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