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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 11:58 am 
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Health chiefs: Don't eat bagged spinach
September 15, 2006

Story Highlights• E. coli outbreak linked to bagged spinach hits eight states, FDA says
• United Fresh Produce Association: "Our industry is very concerned"
• Cooking tainted spinach doesn't help, health officials say, throw it out
• Those who get sick after eating spinach should see physician

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Consumers nationwide should not eat fresh bagged spinach, say health officials probing a multistate outbreak of E. coli that killed at least one person and made dozens of others sick.

Food and Drug Administration and state officials don't know the cause of the outbreak, although raw, packaged spinach appears likely. "We're advising people not to eat it," said Dr. David Acheson of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Eight states were reporting a total of 50 cases of E. coli illness, Acheson said Thursday. (Watch how health officials in the hardest hit state are scrambling -- 1:11)

The person died in Wisconsin, where 20 people were reported ill, 11 of them in Milwaukee. The outbreak has sickened others -- eight of them seriously -- in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. In California, state health officials said they were investigating a possible case there.

The outbreak has affected a mix of ages, but most of the cases have involved women, Acheson said. Further information on the person who died wasn't available.



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i do my best not to..even when it isn't tainted.

but, it was interesting to note that more women eat spinach than men


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i do my best not to..even when it isn't tainted.

but, it was interesting to note that more women eat spinach than men


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E. coli outbreak still growing
Number of people sickened by tainted spinach at 109


Sept. 17: The warning about fresh spinach has expanded. NBC's Ron Allen reports that health officials now say all fresh spinach products should be avoided until further notice.

Natural Selection Foods has recalled all packages of its fresh spinach and any salad with spinach in a blend because they are possibly contaminated with E. coli. The affected packages have “Best if Used by Dates” of Aug. 17 through Oct. 1. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 800-690-3200. The recalled brands are:
Bellissima
Cheney Brothers
Coastline
Compliments
Cross Valley
D’Arrigo Brothers
Dole
Earthbound Farm
Emeril
Fresh Point
Green Harvest
Jansal Valley
Mann
Mills Family Farm
Natural Selection Foods
Nature’s Basket
O Organic
Premium Fresh
President’s Choice
Pride of San Juan
Pro.Act
Pro-Mark
Rave Spinach
Ready Pac
River Ranch
Riverside Farms
Snoboy
Superior
Sysco
Tanimura & Antle
The Farmer’s Market
Trader Joe’s


Updated: 45 minutes ago

SAN FRANCISCO - The number of people sickened by an E. coli outbreak traced to tainted spinach rose to 109 on Sunday, as federal officials announced more brands recalling their products.

“This is unquestionably a significant outbreak in terms of E. coli,” said Dr. David Acheson, chief medical officer with the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Natural Selection Foods LLC, the world’s largest producer of organic produce, has been linked to the infected greens, prompting a recall of 34 brands. Those brands include the company’s own labels and those of other companies that had contracts with Natural Selection, based in San Juan Batista, Calif., to produce or package its spinach.

On Sunday, River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, Calif., added to its recall spring mixes containing spinach that were sold under the labels Hy Vee, Fresh and Easy, and Farmers Market, FDA officials said. All contain spinach purchased from Natural Selection, they said.

The recalls came as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intervened to help in investigate the outbreak, which has killed a 77-year-old Wisconsin woman, officials said.



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Check those labels. If it contains fresh spinach, please don't buy it....at least for the time being.

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California farmers plow spinach fields under

Salinas Valley businesses, farmworkers feel effects of E. coli outbreak

Spinach was a $325 million industry in the U.S. in 2005, and California produced 74 percent of the nation’s fresh crop. Salinas Valley filed like this one account for roughly three-quarters of the state’s share.


Updated: 6:45 p.m. ET Sept 19, 2006

SALINAS, Calif. - Farmers in the self-proclaimed “Salad Bowl to the World” started plowing their spinach crops under and laying off workers as government inspectors examined fields and packing houses Tuesday for the source of the deadly E. coli outbreak.

After poring over water quality reports, worker hygiene tests and other food safety measures, the inspectors were unable to pinpoint immediately how the bacteria made it into locally grown bagged spinach, causing one death and sickening more than 100 other people across the country.

And it is increasingly likely they will never zero in on the source, said Robert Brackett, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Sciences.

FDA investigators visited fields and factories in the Salinas Valley that have been linked to the two companies that recalled spinach products — Natural Selection Foods and River Ranch Fresh Foods.

The teams also inspected other locations, looking for evidence of contaminated runoff; checking for animal droppings in the fields; examining sanitary conditions inside the plants where produce is processed; and taking samples from produce itself. E. coli is commonly spread by human or animal feces.

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