Spinach mix recalled after 16 cases of E. coli reported
November 7th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
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The Food and Drug Administration is collaborating with the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate an outbreak of 16 E. coli infections believed to be tied to a blend of organic spinach and spring mix sold at the Wegmans chain of supermarket.

Wegmans recalled 5-ounce and 11-ounce packages of Wegmans brand Organic Spinach & Spring Mix sold in its stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland and Massachusetts between October 14 and November 1. The recall was issued after New York State officials established a link between the product and reported illnesses in New York State due to E.coli O157:H7. State Garden, Inc. of Chelsea, Massachusetts provides the product to Wegmans.

The FDA is working with state officials, Wegmans, and State Garden, Inc. to determine further distribution of the product and ensure that it is removed from potential sale.

A statement by Wegmans counsels consumers to discard any remaining product at home and visit their service desk for a full refund. Wegmans Consumer Affairs can be contacted at 1-800-WEGMANS (934-6267), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fast facts on E. coli

According to the FSIS, E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in the most severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, seniors and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.

Consumer resources:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration's Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts
FDA Food Safety
FoodSafety.gov
United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety Education
IsItDoneYet.gov

Previously:
How sprouts make you sick
The other E. coli threat? Raw milk
What? Chicken butt. Why there's salmonella in your eggs
Tainted food – a sticky situation for airline travelers
Mad cow disease confirmed in California

More on food poisoning from CNN Health and all foodborne illness coverage on Eatocracy

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  1. Xgregious

    The organic vs. inorganic debate is senseless. E. coli O157:H7 doesn't harm cattle, deer, rabbits and other critters, so they carry it in their guts without worry. Animals don't discriminate between organic and inorganic produce when defecating on it. The most important message for the consumer is WASH your produce. Safeguards in place have greatly lowere the risk of contaminated meat products, but to be safe, cook ground beef well. Steak isn't as much of a concern because it can only be contaminated on the surface of the cut, which is cooked.

    Happy, safe eating!

    November 10, 2012 at 11:16 am |
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    November 9, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  3. commy

    Well at least the Gov. of NY is keeping everyone healthy by banning huge soft drinks, and banning smoking lmao.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:34 am |
    • Jimh77

      Commy, It's the Mayor of NYC that put the ban in place, Not the Governor.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm |
  4. Vitalism is rubbish

    organic sprouts in germany last year, organic cantaloupe in colorado this year, organic baby spinach in CA a few years back. Yep, if you eat organic, you can literally eat shit and die. It is not safer, not more nutritious and worse for the planet – if we had to feed everyone organically we would cut down all the forests. Organic does NOT yield the same as modern agriculture on a multi-year, closed farm basis. It requires off-farm manure because of its bizarre beliefs in vitalism. That manure needs to be generated by animals, which need to be fed. Oh, and the manure has E.coli in it

    November 8, 2012 at 12:16 am |
    • I love it when people make up their own hypotheses

      http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1355685

      Smith-Spangler writes in the Annals of Internal Medicine: "Despite the widespread misperception that organically produced foods are more nutritious than conventional alternatives, we did not find evidence to support this perception."

      They found no consistent differences in the vitamin content between the two types of produce or that conventional foods pose any greater health risk than organic ones.

      Wait for it...

      They also found that the risk of bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) contamination was unrelated to farming method (aka, organic vs conventional).

      November 8, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Ally

      I don't think a lot of the people who buy organic think it's more nutritious. They buy it because they don't want to ingest other added chemicals.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
      • Redoran

        You are absolutely correct, as I have confirmed from my grocer that the organic apples I buy from them are at least "pesticide free". That's why I buy them.

        November 10, 2012 at 11:40 am |
  5. Hank Kingsley

    This keeps happening and is totally irresponsible and unacceptable. all spinach should be tested before packaging

    November 7, 2012 at 11:57 pm |
  6. eigenklarg

    If we would just get government off the backs of these "makers," events such as this E.Coli poisoning could be conveniently and quietly "swept under the rug."

    November 7, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  7. Lynda

    Almost as if it was part of a plan! Hungry people are easily subdued.

    November 7, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  8. Burbank

    Here we go again! How many food recalls does that make this year? Ecoli generally comes from fecal matter, usually from rats running around food processing facilities. Although I imagine it can also get into crops depending on what is used to fertilize them. It can also come from not washing hands after using the bathroom. Scary!

    November 7, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • dogdoc10

      Sorry fella–ecoli is everywhere–under dirty fingernails, toilet stools, and now found to be on everyone's cell phone–and anywhere fecal material is involved. Easily traded kissing!

      November 7, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  9. The Mom Show

    It is frightening how vulnerable our food supply is. As a parent, I believe feeding my child organically grown vegetables is one of the best culinary choices I can make. It is easy to forget that food growers and distributors want to maximize profits and may be willing to jeopardize my child's health in order to accomplish this.

    November 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • Lindy

      What do you think organically grown stuff it? natural fertilizer... which is fecal matter from animals. Forget the chemicals, put on the sh1t.

      November 7, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • dogdoc10

      Sorry lady! You need to know better. I can tell you organic producers invarilably are the poorest, sloppiest food producers with the poorest quality products. I know–I work with them at the source.

      Where should you go? Sam's and Walmart, or similiar. They are so big they get the first choice on the product!

      November 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
    • Franklin Veaux

      Organic food is dangerous, bottom line.

      People are frightened of the word "chemical" in phrases like "chemical fertilizer," but the reality is that organic food is far more likely to be contaminated by bacteria than conventionally-grown food. Of the 12 top cases in the past decade of foodbourne contamination that has resulted in serious sickness or death, ten of them have involved organic food.

      We fear the strange and unknown more than we fear the prosaic, which is why people are more frightened of flying than driving even though flying is safer. People are frightened by "chemical" this and "factory-farmed" that and "genetic" the other because words like "chemical" and "factory" and "genetic" sound scary, but the process of growing organic food relies on natural fertilizer, usually animal waste, that is very easy to contaminate and very often has high levels of dangerous bacteria.

      If you want to do right to give your kid the safest possible food, stay away from organic.

      November 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
      • Doug Lonngren

        I casually track food contamination stories and this is the first I can recall that is from organic produce. I'd like to know a bit more about the 10 case you cite involving organic food.

        November 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
        • chris

          I know not of 10 cases and I cannot recall offhand when but, I would like to say 6ish years ago. There was a recall on I believe lettuce. I recall this because this was the first time that I had heard of organic food contamination and shoved it down my friends all holy organic throat. The fact that I can cook and kill ecoli in meat, yet you cannot do the same with most vegetables, without loosing vitamins etc.. in the process.

          November 8, 2012 at 1:14 am |
      • Tom Hartman

        Good points, but on the subject of flying be safer than driving, you might want to read this (and other articles on the subject)

        http://www.flyingmag.com/forums/training-safety/flying-really-safer-driving

        November 8, 2012 at 12:15 am |
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