Escherichia coli-----What are the cruise lines doing about their salads?

Any reports out there as to what the cruise lines are doing about the E. coli warnings and scare?   " Based on new information, the C.D.C. is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Ariz. growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine."    "And most of the cases so far have come from restaurants. And lots of leafy greens look alike. How do you even know if your bag of mixed greens contains romaine?Both the C.D.C. and Consumer Reports agree that if you don’t know for sure what’s in your salad, don’t eat it. But Consumer Reports thinks the C.D.C.’s advice is “impractical” and is now urging consumers to avoid all romaine lettuce, whether it is bagged or not."   "Escherichia coli is in our intestines, the environment, foods and animals, but most of the time it doesn’t make you sick. However, this particular strain — Shiga toxin-producing E. coli 0157:H7 — is particularly dangerous."®ion=c-column-middle-span-region&pgType=Homepage&action=click&mediaId=thumb_square&state=standard&contentPlacement=17&version=internal&   

6 Answers

Haven't heard anything from the cruiselines. Personally, I won't be eating any Romaine lettuce from any source until this scare is over. Relabeling and mislabeling can happen so I don't know to be certain that the Romaine I am being served isn't from Yuma.

Had Ruby Tuesday salad bar Friday night, no romaine lettuce being served.

What did we do before there was Mass Media to help scare us?

I hadn’t read about the romaine scare up here. I’m sure that the cruiselines are aware and will take utmost care in making sure their produce is safe to consume. No one wants a ship full of sick guests if it can be avoided.

It would make for good reading.

Yikes, this is real close to home---I didn't even know about Nome until after I posted yesterday, it wasn't on the news last night, that I watched anyway.

"The latest warning came after eight prisoners at a correctional facility in Nome, Alaska, came down with acute gastroenteritis caused by Escherichia coli (E.coli) O157:H7 bacteria." "All ate “significantly higher” numbers of salads than other people at Anvil Mountain, however, and have shown the same symptoms." "Dr. Joe McLaughlin, with the Epidemiology Section at the state Department of Health and Social Services said the cause is believed to be romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Ariz."

"Among the hardest hit states are Pennsylvania, with 12 reported cases, and Idaho, with 10. The case count includes one of the infected Alaska inmates; the remaining seven cases there will be included when the CDC provides its next count update, which is expected next week."

Reason why I posted is that I was curious as to what the cruise lines might do. Since the bad stuff is connected only with that grown in Yuma I thought that perhaps they might have other sources of supply they could come up with, namely from other countries. I wasn't aware that---"Most of the bagged romaine grown in North America for grocery stores and restaurants comes from Salinas Valley in California. But in late fall and winter, the industry moves to Yuma, Ariz. Given the time frame of the outbreak, it’s pretty clear that the infected romaine must have come from Yuma, but other than that, little is known about the source of the outbreak." So it sounds as if the actual threat may soon be over, but then in the aftermath of these episodes the stigma remains which impacts producers and profits. i.e.-- "The good news is that this month, most of the industry’s bagged romaine production has shifted back to California. However, it’s likely that Yuma-sourced bagged romaine is still in the food supply."

Anyway, looks like I might have to do without my caesar salad on the next cruise or at home, which I often make and which I love.


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