07/30/2013 03:41:00 PMCoral Beach
Great info....but one critical piece is missing for complete public awareness and to allow consumers to take proactive health protection measures: WHO IS THE PRODUCER OF SAID PREPACKAGED SALADS??????
Bob, I understand your frustration, but none of the government entities involved in the investigation are releasing specific information on the producer, brand, restaurants or retailers that may be involved -- emphasis on "may" because no solid evidence is available yet. This is the usual course of action during outbreak investigations. As soon as additional details are available, we will report them. Also, please note that the agencies are all encouraging people to continue to eat fresh produce, including packaged salads, because the suspect products would have been consumed in mid- to late June and would be well past their shelf life at this point.
Coral, this specific lot of packaged salads is no longer on shelves, BUT the company responsible for this is surely still processing/packaging/distributing new lots of this product using the exact same methods that resulted in this contaminated lot! Clearly, something they are doing allowed this to happen, and there is no reason to expect that they have addressed the problems that lead to this contamination. Every single item they have produced up to the present day needs to be recalled. It is extremely counterproductive to the public health and safety to not publicly and LOUDLY exclaim who the guilty parties are!
I got a bag of packaged chopped kale from a Kroger (Fred Mayer) private label and wound up with food poisoning in June. Left me massively dehydrated and lost more than 10% of my bosy weight, still recovering but took a while. Did not see doctor - this incident was obviously food poisoning. So there you go, find out who does the private label pack for Kroger and you have the source!
Just another example of government agencies blurting out what they believe to be their version of the facts, then trying to hide behind regulations by not going all the way to identify the source to the public and stop the outbreak. Certainly, epidemiology is an inexact science, but if the FDA or CDC or Iowa Public Health officials have that information, it is their obligation to release it. If they are afraid of being wrong (which has happened on numerous occasions) and consequently being sued...well, maybe they're in the wrong business to being with.
J. — Also, it's assumed the company that processed/shipped the product has been notified. Are inspectors/auditors now working with the company to find the source? Has the grower been told? These are questions The Packer will answer if/when information is available. Chris Koger News Editor The Packer