All of our mothers told us to eat our spinach. But, now is not the time.
A Wisconsin resident died and at least 50 people in eight other US states are ill as a result of an E. coli outbreak that has been traced to fresh bagged spinach. The Food and Drug Administration issued an alert on Wednesday.
Dr. David Acheson of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, part of the FDA, said consumers are advised not to eat fresh bagged spinach until further notice, and anyone who has become sick after eating it should consult a doctor.
The brand of spinach, the grower or distributor, and its point of origin remain unknown. The first case came to light on Aug. 23, and the latest was reported on Sept. 3. Dr. Acheson said the outbreak is “ongoing,” and suggested that more cases may come to light.
E. coli (Escherichia coli) causes diarrhea, often with blood in the stools. It can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that can be fatal, especially in very young and elderly people. Eight persons affected by the current outbreak have developed this condition. For most adults, the illness runs its course in about a week, and recovery is complete.
From Daily News Central