Don’t eat that Lettuce — FDA states

11/20/2018

Recommendation

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People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak.

What Do Consumers Need To Do?

The FDA advises that consumers should not eat and discard romaine, or any mixed salads containing romaine, until more information on the source of the contamination and the status of the outbreak can be determined.

Consumers should always practice safe food handling and preparation measures. It is recommended that they wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water before and after handling food.

Full Notice:

The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.

Genetic analysis of the E. coli O157:H7 strains tested to date from patients in this current outbreak are similar to strains of E. coli O157:H7 associated with a previous outbreak from the Fall of 2017 that also affected consumers in both Canada and the U.S.  The 2017 outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 was associated with leafy greens in the U.S. and romaine in Canada. This year, romaine lettuce is the suspected vehicle for both the U.S. and Canadian outbreaks.  There is no genetic link between the current outbreak and the E.coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to romaine that occurred in the Spring of 2018.

The FDA is conducting a traceback investigation to determine the source of the romaine lettuce eaten by people who became sick.  Additionally, FDA and states are conducting laboratory analysis of romaine lettuce samples potentially linked to the current outbreak.

The most recent illness onset in the U.S. in the current outbreak was October 31, 2018.  For this outbreak investigation, the average interval between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported to CDC is 20 days.

Recommendation:

People should not eat romaine lettuce until more is known about the source of the contaminated lettuce and the status of the outbreak.

https://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm626330.htm

Kitchen Gadgets!

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It’s nearly black friday 2018.  I can’t promise these gadgets will be on sale, but they are worth watching.  These are a combination of my favorites and those that members have said they love.

Watch closely for these to be on sale on Black Friday or Cyber monday.

Who doesn’t have an IP (instant Pot) by now?  Well I’m sure some are still looking to get started or want a second one:


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I have not used this myself, but members report loving this:


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This is a staple of any kitchen! If you don’t have a good stand mixer, now is the time. We have had a kitchen aid like this for at least 18 years now. Still works as well as the day we got it.

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We don’t vacuum seal as much as we should, but it’s a great way to make food last longer. Check out this well reviewed unit (we have a similar one, but this brand seems to get better reviews)

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We don’t have this exact model, but we LOVE the slow cooker in winter. This unit is similar to what I use and it has excellent reviews:

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I keep meaning to try this, but haven’t purchased one yet.

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I love this skillet for cooking or broiling in the oven:

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Here is a cheaper one if you don’t care about the brand name.

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