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Turkey burgers, sprouts, seafood and walnuts recalled: Think before you bites

April 4, 2011

 Updates from our friends at  S.T.O.P.  (Safe Tables our Priority) 

Salmonella in Turkey Burgers


WASHINGTON, April 1, 2011 –Jennie-O Turkey Store, a Willmar, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 54,960 pounds of frozen, raw turkey burger products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. As FSIS continues its investigation of illnesses related to this recall, additional raw turkey products may be recalled. As a result, FSIS is alerting consumers to take extra care when preparing all raw turkey products.

To prevent salmonellosis and other foodborne illnesses, wash hands with warm, soapy water for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw meat and poultry, and cook poultry—including ground turkey burgers—to 165° F, as determined with a food thermometer.

The products subject to recall include: [View Label; PDF Only]

  • 4-pound boxes of Jennie-O Turkey Store® “All Natural Turkey Burgers with seasonings Lean White Meat”. Each box contains 12 1/3-pound individually wrapped burgers.

A use by date of “DEC 23 2011” and an identifying lot code of “32710” through “32780” are inkjetted on the side panel of each box, just above the opening tear strip. Establishment number “P-7760” is located within the USDA mark of inspection on the front of each box. The products were packaged on Nov. 23, 2010 and were distributed to retail establishments nationwide.

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Listeria in Seafood Products


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2011 -Frankly Fresh, Inc. of Carson, CA. is recalling its seafood line of products, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only shortterm symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed in the California and Nevada Areas through retail supermarket stores. Products are packed under the Frankly Fresh label in a variety of sizes in plastic containers with safety seals on.

The affected products / lots are:

Item Number Item Description UPC Afftected Code Dates Between
229233 Ceviche de Camaron 10lbs 826520370191 4/02 to 4/16/2011
229243 Ceviche de Camaron & Pescado 10 lbs 826520370184 4/02 to 4/16/2011
229253 Agua Chile de Camaron 10 lbs 826520370177 4/02 to 4/16/2011
229263 Cocktail de Camaron con Pulpo 10 lbs 826520370207 4/02 to 4/16/2011
231322 KRAB & SHRIMP LOUIE 14 OZ FF 826520100958 3/21 to 4/05/2011
231981 Premium Fish Ceviche 10 lb N/A 3/29 to 4/13/2011
231993 Premium Krab Salad 10 lbs 826520370214 3/29 to 4/13/2011
231994 Shrimp & Scallop Ceviche 10 lbs 826520370221 3/29 to 4/13/2011
2325051 KRAB & SHRIMP 7# 826520300518 3/21 to 4/05/2011
233116 Tuna Sandwich Wedge 5.3 oz 826520105816 3/19 to 4/03/2011
234023 FISH CEVICHE 10# 826520700233 3/29 to 4/13/2011
234032 FAVORITE KRAB 10# 038794930487 4/08 to 4/23/2011
234033 Ceviche W/ Pasta Salad 7# 82652030146 3/19 to 4/03/2011
234042 SEAFOOD COCKTAIL 10# 038794348862 4/08 to 4/23/2011
2340422 SEAFOOD COCKTAIL 10# (BOX) 038794348862 4/08 to 4/23/2011
234052 CEVICHE 10# 038794348855 4/08 to 4/23/2011
234072 KRAB & SHRIMP LOUIE 10 LB 826520300105 3/29 to 4/13/2011
234093 CEVICHE MIXTO 10# FF 826520300334 4/02 to 4/16/2011
234223 Seafood Cocktail 8/16 oz 826520100507 4/02 to 4/16/2011
234243 Krab & Shrimp Louie Salad 16 oz 826520100484 3/21 to 4/05/2011
234253 Krab Salad 16 oz EA Retail Unit 826520100491 3/21 to 4/05/2011
234273 Ceviche Salad 16 oz EA Retail Unit 826520100514 3/21 to 4/05/2011
235032 WRAP TUNA 10 OZ FF 826520100842 3/21 to 4/05/2011
254514 Seafood Salad 1/14 oz. 826520104543 3/21 to 4/05/2011
262033 Tuna Salad Wedge 6.3 oz. 041573103521 3/19 to 4/03/2011
252163 Tuna Salad w/Pickles 1/ 5 lb 826520300877 3/21 to 4/05/2011
254364 Krab & Shrimp Louie Salad 6/12 oz 826520104574 4/08 to 4/23/2011
254183-1 FF Krab & Shrimp Louie 6/9.5 oz 826520103157 4/08 to 4/23/2011

The recall was the result of a routine sampling program by the FDA in conjunction with Frankly Fresh Company, which revealed that the finished products may contain the bacteria. Frankly Fresh has voluntarily ceased the production and distribution of these products as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Frankly Fresh Seafood Products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company via email at and/or our hot line at 1-800-826-3322 MON-FRI from 9 to 5 Pacific Time.

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Clostridium botulinum in Smoked Roundscad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 31, 2011 – Arko Foods International of Los Angeles, CA is recalling Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad, 8oz packs, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are warned not to consume the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.

Botulism, a potentially fatal form of food poisoning, can cause the following symptoms: general weakness, dizziness, double-vision and trouble with speaking or swallowing. Difficulty in breathing, weakness of other muscles, abdominal distension and constipation may also be common symptoms. People experiencing these problems should seek immediate medical attention.

Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad was distributed in California, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, New York, Texas, Maryland, and Florida through retail stores, supermarkets, and wholesale distributors.

The product is in 8 oz bags with header indicating Angelina brand which were distributed to the market from 2009 to January 2011.

The product is imported from the Philippines and is uneviscerated. It may have the potential to cause Botulism. However, note that no illnesses have been reported to date.

Consumers who have purchased and who still has Angelina Brand Smoked Roundscad in stock are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers who have questions may contact the company at (323) 257-1888 from Monday to Friday at 9am to 6pm (Pacific Standard Time).

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 Salmonella in Sprouts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 30, 2011 – Louie Foods International of Fresno, California, is voluntarily recalling all Louie’s brand sprouts with a “Use By” date on or before 4/14/11, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. To-date, no illnesses have been reported.

Products affected by the recall include:

  • Alfalfa Sprout Mix, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04401)
  • Alfalfa Sprout Mix, 16 oz. bags (UPC 11324 16401)
  • Clover Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04406)
  • Clover Sprouts, 16 oz. bags (UPC 11324 04406)
  • Spicy Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11325 04402)
  • Broccoli Sprouts, 4 oz. cups (UPC 11324 04407)

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

Products were sold to distributors located in the Central Valley and along the Coast of California. Within hours of being notified, Louie Foods International contacted all of its customers and advised them to destroy the affected products.

The contamination was detected during a random test conducted by the USDA, in a package of the alfalfa-clover sprouts. However, as a precautionary measure, Louie Foods International is recalling all sprout products produced during the same time period. Louie Foods International has temporarily ceased the production and distribution of the sprout products subject to this recall. The California Department of Public Health, FDA and Louie Foods International continue their investigation into the source of the problem.

Consumers are urged to destroy the above listed products or to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may contact Jay Louie at Louie Foods International, 1-559-264-2745 for additional information.

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 Salmonella in Jalapeno Peppers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 18, 2011 – Thomas Produce of Boca Raton, FL, is recalling 320 boxes of Jalapeno Peppers because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

The recalled Jalapeno Peppers were sold to distributors in Florida, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania from 2/15/2011 to 2/18/2011.

The fresh, whole, green Jalapeno Peppers were sold in generic cardboard bushel boxes (1 1/9 bushel size). The 2.5″x1″ affixed label on the box has the code 1054811HJBT. This is the only lot affected by this recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall is the result of routine sampling by FDA which revealed that one sample of the finished product tested positive for the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of this lot of peppers as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

If you have any questions or concerns you may contact Richard Wilson of Thomas Produce Company at 1-561-482-1111 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. EST.

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Salmonella in Walnuts (Canada)

OTTAWA, April 3, 2011 – The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Amira Enterprises Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain bulk and prepackaged raw shelled walnut products described below because these products may be contaminated with may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

All raw shelled walnuts sold from bulk bins, all package sizes and all lot codes / Best Before dates of the following raw shelled walnuts and products containing walnuts are affected by this alert. The affected products were available for purchase from January 1, 2011, up to and including April 4, 2011. The raw shelled walnuts are imported from the USA.

Brand Product
Amira Raw shelled walnuts sold from a bulk bin*
Amira Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)
Tia Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)
Merit Selection Prepackaged raw shelled walnuts (Halves/Pieces/Crumbs)
Amira Mistral Mix containing walnuts
Tia Mistral Mix containing walnuts
Amira Salad booster containing walnuts
Tia Salad booster containing walnuts

*The brand name Amira may not be marked on the raw walnuts sold from the bulk bins.

Consumers who have purchased walnuts from bulk bins are advised to contact the retailer to determine if they have the affected product.
These products have been distributed in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, and Ontario. However, they may have been distributed nationally.

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S.T.O.P. is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens by:

*Advocating for sound public policy

*Building public awareness; and

*Assisting those impacted by foodborne illness


Fit February – Pazzo for Pasta

February 2, 2011

You can be a fit foody and still be pazzo for Pasta.

Pazzo for Pasta

You gave white flour and carbs the boot, but you pine away for heaping plates of pasta like a lovelorn teenager.  Now, you can twirl your noodles and eat them too.  There are about as many options that deliver sound nutrition as there are Italian handbags that I covet.  Plus, whole grain pasta is economical, filling, quick to make and easy to feed a crowd.  Sure, it may take you a few times before you get the texture you like from these alternatives but don’t give up – it takes 8 times before you decide if you like a food or not.

So stick a fork in it and say, ciao bella!  

–         Quinoa Pasta – Made from the super protein ancient grain, pasta made with quinoa has a great, nutty flavor and a nice, firm al dente bite.  Ancient Harvest is a great option for a variety of pasta shapes (good for kids) that are gluten free, non-gmo.

–         Brown Rice Pasta – No empty carbs here – just good pure nutrition.  This pasta cooks up great and holds up to any of your favorite sauces.  The Trader Joe’s brand is wheat, sodium, gluten and cholesterol-free.

–         Protein Plus Pasta from Barilla – When my all time favorite pasta brand, Barilla, launched this line, I jumped up and down at the grocery store and yelled ‘bravo!’  One serving gives you 10 grams of protein (same as a chicken thigh) and it’s packed with Omega-3s and Fiber. www.

–         Spelt and Kamut Pasta – Two other protein-packed ancient grains, these are good options for people who have gluten or wheat intolerance.  Eden Organics makes a good, organic gmo-free variety.


Quinoa Pasta is packed with protein and a good option for gluten-free diets.

Feeling saucy?  Here’s what you can put on top.

– Grape sized tomatoes, basil and garlic and a dash of freshly grated Pecorino (goat milk) cheese

– A variety of sauteed veggies and beans, including spinach, zucchini, asparagus and white cannellini beans with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar

– Thai style, with shrimp, cilantro, shredded carrots and peanuts

– Ground turkey sauteed with fresh tomatoes, garlic, parsley and red wine

– Chicken breast cubed and sauteed with kale, onions, peas and lean turkey bacon bits

– Puttanesca, made with crushed tomato, anchovy, red pepper flakes and Kalamata olives

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Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner. The Fit February Challenge is ON.

February 1, 2011


So you forgot your January resolutions. It's Fit February. Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner with Us for a Lifetime. What does it mean to Eat Cleaner? It’s not a diet. That’s a 4-letter word. It’s a lifestyle and a balanced approach to food – from its nutritional content to how it’s prepared – bringing you better health, one bite at a time. At the end of the day, it’s the quality and quantity that count. When you cut the junk and chemicals, amazing things happen. Join us here each day this month on our blog and our Facebook page for a Fit Tip that will keep you hungry for more. Ready to join? Here are the ground rules:

 1)      Fruit and veggies own half the plate.  It may be hard to keep track of 5-9 servings a day but if you stick to a half the plate approach, getting your produce in at every meal is a cinch. Fresh fruit and veggies deliver more phytonutrients and antioxidants than any other food on the planet.  For the rest of the plate, pick lean protein and a complex carbohydrate.  The baseline is 1200 calories per day for women and 1800 calories per day for men so manage your intake accordingly (note, if you are active, you need more.  Try this calculator for a better estimate.  

2)      Limit oil and steer clear of saturated and trans fats.  That means fried foods, hydrogenated fat and foods loaded with animal fat, delivering heart clogging cholesterol and fat that can’t be processed by your body.  According to the American Heart Association, limit total fat intake to less than 25–35 percent of your total calories each day.  Raw food is packed with enzymes that love your body.  If it is cooked, broiled and baked is best.

3)      Avoid processed and refined foods and snacks. You won’t miss the artificial flavors, colors and preservatives in most processed grocery items.  Also watch for frozen, prepared meals as they’re high in sodium.  Fresh is always best. Fill your shopping cart with foods from the perimeter of the store and opt for complex carbohydrates that are richer in nutrients.  Real labels diligently.

4)      Choose pesticide and antibiotic-free options.  Chemical pesticides, preservatives, colors and additives can actually prevent you from losing weight, interfering with the body’s ability to properly process nutrients.  This includes produce, dairy and all animal protein.  Eat Cleaner can help remove pesticide residue and wax from non-organic produce and the surface of seafood and chicken.

5)      Drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water helps flush toxins, keeps you hydrated and controls your appetite. Thirst often disguises itself as hunger.***Print this certificate and keep it on your fridge as your accountability.  Welcome to the Cleaner Plate Club.***Are you in? Join our Eat Cleaner, Get Leaner Feb Fit Challenge

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Over 34,000 lbs of Organic Ground Beef Recall

January 3, 2011

Just to prove, it doesn’t mean it’s pathogen free if it’s organic.  Think before you bite.

S.T.O.P. E-alert

E. coli in Organic Ground Beef

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2010 – First Class Foods, Inc., a Hawthorne, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 34,373 pounds of organic ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 16-oz. packages of “NATURE’S HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11.”
  • 16-oz. packages of “ORGANIC HARVEST ORGANIC GROUND BEEF BRICK” sold singly and in three-packs with one of the following “USE or FREEZE by” dates: “12/28/10” or “01/06/11.”
  • 16-oz. packages of NATURE’S HARVEST GROUND PATTY” containing four (4) 4-oz. patties with the following “USE or FREEZE by” date: “12/30/10” or “01/08/11”

Each package label bears the establishment number “EST. 18895” as well as the identifying Pack Date of “10341 and 10350 Julian date. These ground beef products were produced on Dec. 7, 2010, and Dec. 16, 2010, and were shipped to retail establishments in Calif., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Wis., and Wash. State. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on FSIS’ website

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I HEART Farmers Markets

June 4, 2010

Here at Eat Cleaner, we live to roam the farmers markets.  There’s something so inviting about buying fresh food straight from the producer and what’s not to love about a leisurely walk through an open air market on a bright, Spring day? 

Personally, it takes me back to my childhood growing up in Egypt where my grandfather, Giddou in Arabic, would take me by the hand and lead me through the fruit and vegetable vendor stalls in the open air market of Alexandria in pursuit of the day’s bounty.  Finger-slim, purple aubergines, buxom, crimson tomatoes and verdant, leafy herbs piled high among an array of fragrant, earth colors sat side by side, vendors hawking their prized produce to the sea of shoppers with their mesh carry-alls in hand.  Giddou would smell, squeeze and prod at the picks before him to choose the finest he could find, haggling with the vendors for the best price.  We’d proudly display our farm fresh assortment to the rest of the family, which would inevitably come together with fresh garlic, vinegar and olive oil for our mid-day feast.

We’re taking our love of farmer’s markets to you with an opportunity to sell Eat Cleaner at your local open air destination. We also have opportunities to sell Eat Cleaner to friends, family and connections at home.   Just click on the EAT CLEANER DISTRIBUTOR INFORMATION FORM below and email us at: for more information.

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EAT CLEANER is a proud member of the Farmer's Market Coalition


Raising PAM | iParenting Award | Pesky Pesticides

May 20, 2010




Being a mom is no joke. We carry, quite literally, on our hips the responsibility of bringing baby into the world. And there you are, leaving the hospital wondering…Um…Where’s the owner’s manual? Nursing, feeding, clothing, nurturing, soothing, incessant worrying and the frenetic, hair pulling task of making all the right choices to raise Jane to be a prodigious, healthy, happy, socially responsible person can leave you wondering if you really had the credentials for the job in the first place.    


This month, we set sail on a journey with Anna Getty’s Pregnancy Awareness Month (PAM), where moms-to-be got the 411 on a kinder, greener way to get started on the right foot – starting with mom’s health. Eco-celebs Mariel Hemingway, Ricki Lake and Josie Maran with experts Dr. Alan Greene, Kim Barnouin (HealthyBitchDaily), Gigi Chang (Plum Organics), Lisa Druxman (Stroller Strides Founder) and Christopher Gavigan (CEO Healthy Child Healthy World) provided invaluable information and insight into health and wellness. Eat Cleaner was there proudly alongside to show how you can take food safety into your own hands, because a diet filled with fresh, clean food for all moms is key. We’re honored to be part of the PAM community that is nurturing knowledge, support and celebrating the wonder of being a green mother. With friends like these, it’s not so scary after all.
Check out for info and tune into today’s Twitter party.

HOT PLATE! Eat Cleaner is the 2010 winner of the Disney iParenting Excellent Products Award! We got top honors in the Safety category for best new products.

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Pesticide Panic

The latest research linking ADHD with a group of pesticides called organophosphates ripped through the news this week, setting off panic attack with fruit and veggie eaters everywhere. The real peril here is that people will peel back their intake of produce. Fact is there are ways to reduce toxins in your food, and healthy living expert Jordan Rubin spoke about why you would use our products on CNN. Here’s how to eat cleaner everyday:  

CLICK HERE to Watch Video

Give ‘em a real cleaning: We don’t have to tell you the importance of washing your food, but studies show you can eliminate much of the pesticide residue if you wash the surface thoroughly. Neither wax nor most pesticides are water soluble, so Eat Cleaner wash and wipes help to dissolve these barriers and get under the surface.

Wash frozen fruit + veggies: Studies showed that frozen fruit and vegetables showed a higher rate of pesticides, as consumers don’t generally think about washing them. Make sure to wash them or buy fresh, clean thoroughly, then show them to the freezer.

Organic produce still needs to be cleaned: Overspray and pesticide drift can still contaminate organic produce. Wash with Eat Cleaner to help get them as nature intended and give them a longer life.

Rinds and peels need a wash: Pesticide residue can contaminate the flesh if you don’t give them a good wash. Make sure to clean melons, oranges, grapefruit and other produce on the outside.

Pick from the Clean 15 instead of the Dirty Dozen: The Environmental Working Group created this list of the most and least sprayed fruits and vegetables. Make the ‘right ones’ your new friends and go organic and a good scrub with the ones on the left.

For the complete story linking ADHD to pesticide intake in children, CLICK HERE.

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Big Fruity Deal
The Eat Cleaner bunch is growing and we’re proud to announce our newest homes at Whole Foods in Texas and Stater Bros in California. Look for us in the produce aisles and on the meat counters and support our retailer partners who are helping families take food safety into their own hands. We are forever grateful.

Stater Bros (all stores)
Irvine Ranch Market
Farm Fresh to You
The Pump Station
PC Greens
Vicente Foods
Full O’ Life
Coast Produce
Major Markets (Fallbrook, Escondido, CA)
Wholesome Choice (CA)
Pacific Ranch Market
Farmers Market at Marbella Plaza
Farm to Market
7-Eleven (Costa Mesa)

Washington State

East Coast
Wegmans (most stores)

Whole Foods – Texas (20 stores)






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Freshway Recall: Lettuce think before we bite

May 7, 2010

When will the madness end?  When people start taking food safety into their own hands.  It’s why we created Eat Cleaner in the first place.  Using the power of plant science, we give you a simple way to protect your family’s plate.  Restaurants, caterers and anyone serving food to others should also take heed.  The two minutes it takes to wash with Eat Cleaner can make a big difference in the lives you love.

Read these stories from members of S.T.O.P. (Safe Tables Our Priority) and learn why events like these should make us all think before we bite.

Washing with Eat Cleaner can help prevent your risk of E.coli infection.

By Lauren Bush and Valerie Threlkeld


There is not a more helpless feeling than to have your healthy, beautiful 20-year-old daughter call you from 200 miles away and tell you something is physically wrong with her. It is a feeling I know all too well.

The symptoms my daughter described to me didn’t resemble anything that a young woman should encounter. Hospital personnel couldn’t seem to diagnose the problem – they were only able to rule things out. She then had to endure going from office to office to get records and test results while barely able to stand. When her dad brought her home, after racing 400 miles round trip, we took her to an urgent care center. The medical professionals there, too, sent her home with us.

The next day my daughter Lauren was directly admitted to the hospital. The horrifying battery of painful tests that followed was almost more than she could endure. Finally, after nearly having surgery to remove her colon, the news broke that there was an E. coli outbreak from baby spinach. Lauren recalled she had eaten a large baby spinach salad a few days before. She was tested for this particularly lethal strain of E. coli and it was confirmed. After spending a week in the hospital with strong IV antibiotics, she was discharged – 20 pounds lighter and very weak.

This was the most trying time our family has ever experienced. Lauren lost an entire semester of college, had to move back home, and experienced depression and other lingering physical changes from this horrifying illness. We continue to hope shewill not have long-term health impacts and will be able to enjoy good health.

This scenario should be in the minds of congressional lawmakers. My child is only one of thousands who have suffered due to shortfalls in the current food-safety system. Fortunately her story had a happy ending, but other families she has met while speaking in Washington have not been so lucky.

Lauren has traveled to Washington three times to speak about her experience. This is an easy subject to overlook until it affects you personally. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) would make a difference to not only our family but to the many others who count on our government to do the right thing. Senators, please give me and mothers around the country the Mother’s Day gift we have been waiting far too long for – safer food.


Despite growing up in a small town in rural Kentucky, I had big dreams in store for my future. I wanted to go to law school, live in New York City and change and conquer the world. I never imagined in planning to reach these goals that I should have left room to be sickened by food, be forced to leave college and almost die in the process.

Nevertheless, as I began my junior year of college at the University of Kentucky, I ate a spinach salad infected with hemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7. I was hospitalized for a total of two weeks and was in recovery for six months.

The first two years after my traumatic, sudden illness I felt very uncomfortable discussing what happened with anyone because foodborne illness is an ugly journey. There is blood, diarrhea, tears, and nausea, and pain — tremendous amounts of pain. Then last summer I was contacted by the New York Times for an article regarding food safety and came to realize that my voice could make a difference. It could save others from the same life-changing experience, or at least I thought it could.

I have now been to Washington, D.C., three times in the last year with Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.) and the Make Our Food Safe coalition. I have met with my representatives, written letters, and told my story what feels like hundreds of times. Unfortunately, my voice can only travel so far. Until government officials in Washington realize the devastatingly negative impact that unsafe food can cause and move forward on passing the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510), we will all continue to be in danger.

There have been several large national outbreaks of contaminated food products since the spinach outbreak that made me sick. My only question is: What is Congress waiting for?

Go to and sign your name to a letter to Congress from moms just like you pushing action on food safety legislation.

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E. coli forces lettuce recall; 19 ill in 3 states

By Marie Clare Jalonick

WASHINGTON — A food company is recalling lettuce sold in 23 states and the District of Columbia because of an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people, three of them with life-threatening symptoms.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that 12 people had been hospitalized and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it was looking at 10 other cases probably linked to the outbreak.

Freshway Foods of Sidney, Ohio, said it was recalling romaine lettuce sold under the Freshway and Imperial Sysco brands because of a possible link to the E. coli outbreak.

College students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Ohio State in Columbus and Daemen College in Amherst, N.Y., are among those affected, according to local health departments in those states.

The FDA is focusing its investigation on lettuce grown in Arizona as a possible source for the outbreak, according to two people who have been briefed by the agency. Donna Rosenbaum, director of the food safety advocacy group Safe Tables Our Priority and one of those briefed, said the agency held a phone call with public health advocates Thursday.

Rosenbaum and other public health advocates have long been pushing for stronger food safety laws. The House passed a bill last year that would give the agency much more authority to police food production, but the Senate has not acted on it.

The New York state Public Health Laboratory in Albany discovered the contamination in a bag of Freshway Foods shredded romaine lettuce on Wednesday after local authorities had been investigating the outbreak for several weeks. The bag of lettuce came from a processing facility that was also linked to the illnesses, the FDA said. The agency would not disclose the name of that facility or its location but said an investigation was under way.

E. coli infection can cause mild diarrhea or more severe complications, including kidney damage. The three patients with life-threatening symptoms were diagnosed with hemolytic uremic syndrome, which can cause bleeding in the brain or kidneys.

It was not immediately clear why students on college campuses were sickened. Freshway Foods said the lettuce was sold to wholesalers, food service outlets, in-store salad bars and delis.

Susan Cerniglia, spokeswoman for the public health department in Washtenaw County, where the University of Michigan is located, said it doesn’t appear that students who were sickened ate the contaminated food on campus. It is believed they may have been sickened at local restaurants, she said. Most of those sickened lived in Ann Arbor and not on campus.

The Erie County, N.Y., health department issued an alert late last month that linked at least one diagnosis of E. coli to a student who ate at a Daemen College dining facility. The alert said twelve students had been sickened after eating at the school and three students were hospitalized.

Kevin Montgomery of the Erie health department said Thursday that one case of E. coli was confirmed at Daemen College and another was suspected. All of the students have now recovered, he said.

The most common strain of E. coli found in U.S. patients is E. coli O157. The CDC said the strain linked to the lettuce, E. coli 0145, is more difficult to identify and may go unreported.

Freshway Foods said in a statement Thursday that the FDA informed the company about the positive test in New York on Wednesday afternoon. The statement said “an extensive FDA investigation” of Freshway Foods’ facility in Sidney has not uncovered any contamination at the plant.

The recalled lettuce has a “best if used by” date of May 12 or earlier. The recall also affects “grab and go” salads sold at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets and Marsh grocery stores.

The lettuce was sold in Alabama, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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