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E. coli and Cucumbers – What would you do?

With 1,000 sickened, 300 with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), and 10 dead throughout Europe caused by E. coli O104:H4 tainted cucumbers, today many families are spending time in hospital waiting rooms or in funeral homes.  Me, I was out planting seeds.

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  • Carl Custer

    Some cukes are grown on trellis’, most are grown on the ground. The yellow streak shows the ground contact area. For years, I’ve washed cukes before peeling. Just like I wash other Cucurbitaceae, such a melons.

  • doc raymond

    Carl, these cukes brought deadly E coli into the house, were handled by food preparers in the household, maybe even washed before consumed. But the pathogen was in the home and has sickened over 1,000. Just Cook It and Just Wash It mantra Just Does Not Cut It for this outbreak.

  • Carl Custer

    I agree. “Just wash it” as well as “Just cook it” isn’t good enough. Food safety doesn’t start in lairage nor the kitchen counter. What do you think it would take to get APHIS to address human pathogens? Sadly, the former Undersecretary for Food Safety (that you?) resisted getting APHIS on board the food safety train.

  • Michael Secular

    What are the particular characteristics of the current cucumber/E.coli infection. How can the pathogens “enter” the food? Is there an issue about use of fertilisers? After the present crisis is over how can we consumers- short of growing our own – act in a preventive way?