Spinach E. coli Outbreak Still Growing
FDA: Don't Eat Any Fresh Spinach Until Further Notice
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Product Recalls continued...
On Sept. 17, another California company, River Ranch, recalled packages of
spring mix containing spinach.
River Ranch obtained bulk spring mix containing spinach from Natural
Selections, according to the FDA. The following brands are involved: Fresh N'
Easy Spring Mix and Hy-Vee Spring mix containing baby spinach, distributed to
retailers in Texas, Iowa, and New Mexico. The produce was packed in 5-ounce
bags and 5-ounce plastic trays. Products that do not contain spinach are not
part of this recall.
Affected products were also distributed to Canada, Mexico, and Taiwan. No
illnesses from these countries have been reported.
The FDA continues to investigate whether other companies and brands are
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.