Spinach E. coli Outbreak Still Growing
FDA: Don't Eat Any Fresh Spinach Until Further Notice
The following advice for consumers is posted on the CDC's web site:
Currently, the FDA's advice is to not eat any fresh spinach or
salad blends containing fresh spinach that are consumed raw.
- E. coli O157:H7 in spinach can be killed by cooking at 160 degrees
Fahrenheit for 15 seconds. (Water boils at 212 degrees Fahrenheit.) If spinach
is cooked in a frying pan, and all parts do not reach 160 degrees Fahrenheit,
all bacteria may not be killed. If consumers choose to cook the spinach, they
should avoid cross-contamination of the fresh spinach with other foods and food
contact surfaces, and wash hands, utensils, and surfaces with hot, soapy water
before and after handling the spinach.
- Persons who develop diarrhea after consuming fresh spinach or salad blends
containing fresh spinach are urged to contact their health care provider and
ask that their stool specimen be tested for E. coli O157:H7.
- Persons who ate fresh spinach or salad blends and feel well do not need to
see a health care provider.