An E. coli outbreak has been linked to baby spinach

CJ Coombs

On November 15, 2021, the CDC posted online that there are currently 10 illnesses and two hospitalizations involved in an active investigation concerning an E. coli outbreak. The outbreak announcement relates to seven states. According to the map on the CDC website, the outbreak involves the states of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. The investigation also involves whether any other products might have been contaminated.

The contaminated food product

The product associated with the E. coli outbreak is Josie's Organics Baby Spinach, which is sold nationwide. The product will include the words, “Best by date of October 23, 2021” on the package. It was sold in plastic clamshell containers.

Minnesota officials found E. coli O157:H7 in a package of leftover Josie's Organics baby spinach collected from a sick person's home. Five people in this outbreak reported eating spinach in the week before they got sick and 1 reported Josie's Organics brand.

If you have this product, you should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. Make sure you wash anything including surfaces that might have come into contact with the spinach by using hot soapy water. For any item that has come into contact with the product, it can be washed in a dishwasher.

Symptoms of E. Coli include diarrhea and accompanying high fever. Your doctor should be called if diarrhea lasts for more than three days, or if you are vomiting unable to keep fluids down. Symptoms usually arise from 3 to 4 days after the bacteria has been swallowed.

Businesses have been alerted not to sell or serve the spinach that’s been contaminated.

Most people recover without treatment after 5 to 7 days.
Some people may develop a type of kidney failure (hemolytic uremic syndrome, also called HUS) and would need to be hospitalized.

Source: Emergency Email and Wireless Network; CDC

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