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2008-07-20 15:00:12

The latest outbreak of salmonella poisoning has proved devilishly hard to contain. The source remains a mystery: Investigators at first blamed fresh tomatoes; more recently, they have focused on jalapeno peppers and possibly cilantro. The outbreak, which has gone on for three months and sickened 1,000 people, is the largest produce-linked salmonella eruption ever recorded in the United States. Cases have turned up in some 40 states, with particularly high numbers in Texas. Three Rhode Island...

2008-07-19 06:00:00

By Jennifer Gish, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 19--Mike Ryan, vice president of W.F. Ryan Produce in Colonie, doesn't want to be one to say "I told you so" when it came to the tomato scare, but he did. When the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on June 7 that certain tomato varieties may be the source of a nationwide salmonella outbreak, Ryan didn't pull a single tomato off the shelves, choosing instead to talk to his customers about the safety practices of the farmers who...

2008-07-13 03:00:19

THE government officials who are supposed to protect America's food supply are not certain what has made almost 1,000 people ill in the last three months. At first it was raw tomatoes that appeared to be tainted with a rare form of salmonella. So consumers avoided tomatoes, and the tomato business suffered mightily. Health officials are still worried about tomatoes, but they've also raised concerns about jalapeno peppers. Or perhaps cilantro. Or maybe some brands of salsa. Somewhere....

2008-07-12 00:00:05

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Think of your favorite recipe for salsa. Three common ingredients now are suspects in the salmonella poisonings that have become the nation's largest foodborne outbreak in at least a decade.And therein lies the frustration. Seven weeks into their investigation, federal health officials aren't shortening the list of potential culprits but adding to it. Now jalapeno pepper producers are being probed alongside tomato distributors, and even fresh...

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2008-07-02 09:10:00

Produce other than tomatoes is being examined by U.S. officials stymied in their efforts to find the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 869 Americans. Tomatoes suspected to have caused the outbreak may have been contaminated by contact with other produce, officials of the Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. The number of people who have become ill since the outbreak began in April is a...

2008-07-02 06:00:41

By Elizabeth Weise The Food and Drug Administration activated its Food Emergency Response Network on Tuesday, adding as many as 100 laboratories to its efforts to trace the source of the salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than 800 since April. The extra labs are needed because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the weekend expanded its investigation of the outbreak originally blamed on contaminated tomatoes. The federal agencies are now collecting samples...

2008-07-01 03:00:27

IF the tomato salmonella outbreak didn't make you nervous about the food you buy, this should: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that for every salmonella case it receives, 38 are not brought to the attention of doctors. The federal government needs to overhaul its system for inspecting and regulating the food supply. The first step? Consolidating the food-safety system under one roof. It's ridiculous that the Food and Drug Administration regulates the safety of 80 percent of...

2008-06-30 21:02:30

By Jeanine Kendle Beef used in elementary cafeterias, slaughtered incorrectly -- recalled, February 2008. Bags of spinach laced with E. coli -- recalled, September 2006. Cans of Purina pet food infected with tainted vegetable proteins -- recalled, March 2007. A jar of reduced sugar Peter Pan Peanut Butter that was in my parents' cupboard and wreaked havoc on my lower intestine -- recalled with salmonella, February 2007 (better late than never). And now 600 people across the country sick...

2008-06-25 00:00:02

By Lauran Neergaard WASHINGTON - Pick a tomato in the blazing sun and plunge it straight into cold water. If that happened on the way to market, it might be contaminated. Too big of a temperature difference can make a tomato literally suck water inside the fruit through the scar where its stem used to be. If salmonella happens to be lurking on the skin, that's one way it can penetrate and, if the tomato isn't eaten right away, have time to multiply. That doesn't mean people shouldn't...

2008-06-24 09:02:59

The following editorial appeared in the San Jose Mercury News on Sunday, June 23: ___ If the tomato salmonella outbreak didn't make you nervous about the food you buy, this should: The Centers for Disease Control estimates that for every salmonella case it receives, 38 are not brought to the attention of doctors. The federal government needs to overhaul its system for inspecting and regulating the food supply. Consumers should demand it. The first step? Consolidating the food-safety...


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Leaf vegetables
2013-08-21 09:03:22

Leaf vegetables are leaves from various plants that are edible with some leaves having tender shoots, such as beet greens, attached. Leaf vegetables are very high in nutrition and may be used in various culinary dishes. While there are over a thousand species of leaf vegetables, they generally come from plants that are short-lived such as lettuce and spinach. Leaf vegetables are high in vitamin K which is caused from the photosynthesis that takes place during the growing phase. Anyone on...

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