July 31st, 2013
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Prepackaged salad mix has been pinpointed as the source of an outbreak of cyclospora - an intestinal illness tied to a rare type of parasite - that has sickened scores of people in Iowa and Nebraska, health authorities in those states said Tuesday.

More than 100 Iowans and 78 Nebraskans have fallen ill with the disease since last month, those states' health departments said. Five people have been hospitalized as a result in Nebraska, where health officials say new cases of cyclospora are reported daily.

Investigations commonly led authorities in both states to conclude that a bagged blend of iceberg and romaine lettuce, red cabbage and carrots is to blame, with Nebraska noting the mix had been prewashed.

State and federal authorities are still trying to determine exactly where the product was sold or under what brand name. The Nebraska alert noted that it "came through national distribution channels" and that "locally grown produce is not part of this outbreak."

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  1. Jack33

    Don't buy ANY brand of bagged salad until the contaminated one(s) are named. Nothing will get our incredibly bad system of identifying contaminated food fixed quicker than that.

    August 1, 2013 at 11:49 am |
  2. Now I've seen everything.

    Reblogged this on Sustainable Homesteading for Urbanites and commented:
    This is just a perfect example of why we should be growing our own food. Cases of food contamination are on the rise. People are sickened or die from contaminated products grown on a commercial scale by people who are more concerned with profits than safety.

    July 31, 2013 at 11:11 am |
    • Al Armist

      Think for yourself. How many people have you heard abiout that HAVEN'T been sickened or killed by commercially grown food? You probably stopped traveling in airplanes because you heard in the news that sometimes planes crash.

      August 1, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
      • Now I've seen everything.

        No one in my family has gotten sick on commercially grown food...because we don't eat it! The system is corrupt, dangerous and for no reason other than corporate greed.

        As for your crack about airplanes, clearly you think you are being witty, but it is nonsensical. What does that have to do with companies that knowingly create and sell bad products? It is non sequitur. (Though to cut your rebuttal off at the knees, we still fly, drive and regularly take trains)

        “CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases."

        http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/

        August 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm |
      • Now I've seen everything.

        No one in my family has gotten sick on commercially grown food...because we don't eat it! The system is corrupt, dangerous and for no reason other than corporate greed. As for your crack about airplanes, clearly you think you are being witty, but it is nonsensical. What does that have to do with companies that knowingly create and sell bad products? It is non sequitur to the discussion.

        “CDC estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Estimating illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths for various types of diseases is a common and important public health practice. The 2011 estimates provide the most accurate picture yet of which foodborne bacteria, viruses, and microbes ("pathogens") cause the most illnesses in the United States”

        http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/

        August 1, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
        • Al Armist

          Statistics created in the moment just for the sake of argument don't change a thing I've said nor has anything of mine been cut off.

          Responding to this article, 316,375,000 people in America and only "100 Iowans and 78 Nebraskans have fallen ill with the disease since last month" That's a tiny percentage of America. Tragic and negligent, but too tiny for your knee-jerk reaction.

          August 2, 2013 at 10:52 am |
        • Now I've seen everything.

          What knee jerk reaction would that be? Continuing to do what I've done for the previous 4 decades. You are nonsensical and I've seen tighter arguments with better support from children

          August 2, 2013 at 11:18 am |
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