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SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, investigating a multistate epidemic of E. coli O157: H7 infections associated with the consumption of spinach.
According to the CDC, as of November 15, 10 people infected with the epidemic strain of E. coli O157: H7 have been reported in seven states, including Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Ohio, and South Dakota. The diseases started on dates ranging from October 15 to 27. Five people in this outbreak reported eating spinach in the week before illness, and one person reported eating Josie’s Organics brand.
On November 15, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture reported that as part of this outbreak investigation, a sample of Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach was taken from a sick person’s home and the sample was tested. positive for E. coli O157: H7. This sample had a “Best Before You” date of October 23 and is currently undergoing whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis to determine if the strain of E. coli O157: H7 present in the product sample corresponds to the epidemic strain.
Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, sell or serve Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach with a “Best If Used By” date of October 23, 2021. Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach is sold in a clear plastic shell. with the words “Better if used by” date on the top label.
Although this product has expired and should no longer be available for purchase, consumers should check their homes for the product and throw it away. If consumers have frozen fresh baby spinach from Josie’s Organics, they should throw it out.
While WGS analysis of the sample is ongoing, the FDA is tracking the supply of baby spinach in the positive product sample. So far, the FDA has traced the supply chains of this product to a small number of farms in two different geographic regions and is deploying investigators along the supply chains of interest.
Consumers who exhibit symptoms of E. coli the infection should contact their health care provider. Most people with E. coli develop severe stomach cramps, diarrhea, fever, nausea and / or vomiting.
The FDA and state partners are working with the company to determine if additional products might be affected. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
“The FDA, in conjunction with the CDC and our state and local partners, is working to investigate an outbreak of E. coli O157: H7 in several states associated with the consumption of spinach, ”said Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response.
“So far, the FDA has traced the supply chains for this product to a small number of farms in two different geographic regions and is deploying investigators along the supply chains of interest.
“We are releasing this update early in our investigation as part of our ongoing commitment to transparency and early communication. As we continue to work with our partners to determine if additional products may be affected, we are committed to providing updates as we learn more during our ongoing traceback investigation, especially if there is. updates to this critical public health opinion. “