FOOD BORNE INFECTION
ANCHOR LEAD: FOOD BORNE INFECTIONS SEEM TO BE ON THE RISE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Contaminated spinach was the culprit in the fall, but during the winter it was lettuce that spread a strain of E. coli that causes severe food borne infection. Now surveys show consumers are not eating their leafy greens. Outside of avoiding fresh greens, what else can consumers do to protect themselves? Mark Donowitz, professor of gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins and current president of the American Gastroenterological Association, says, get involved.
DONOWITZ: The first thing we can do it to talk to our representatives, senators and congressmen, and say, listen, we don’t accept that the government is not taking seriously the risk of this medical condition, which is killing people and making people very sick. The second thing we can do is stop using these kinds of products that are most at risk, so these vegetables if you buy these quote mesclun greens that are prewashed, and you assume that they’re clean. Well, that can’t be done, you’ve now got to understand that you’ve got to wash these things very carefully, a lot of water, and you might want to use a little bit of soap as well. :30
I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.