A CDC food safety alert about an outbreak that spans multiple states of E. coli O157 infections linked to spinach has been posted: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2021/o157h7-11-21/index.html
- Ten instances of the coliO157H7 outbreak strain have been reported from seven states in the United States (Indiana and Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota. Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota). Two hospitalizations and no deaths have been reported.
- Minnesota public health officials discovered coli O157.H7 in an unopened package of Josie’s Organics baby spinach that had been taken from a patient. Five people affected by the outbreak reported eating spinach during the week prior to becoming sick. One person also reported the Josie Organics brand.
- CDC is warning people not to eat or sell Josie’s Organics’ prepackaged baby spinach with an “best by” date of 10/23/2021.
- Investigators are currently examining whether additional products may have been affected by the.
- The actual number of people suffering from an outbreak is probably higher than the number reported, and the outbreak may not be restricted to states with known illnesses. This is because some people recover without medical treatment and are not checked for coli.
- This product was sold across the country.
What you should do
- Josie’s Organics prepackaged baby greens are not permitted to be sold, eaten, or served. The “best before” date is 10/23/2021. It is recommended to throw it away even if some of the spinach was consumed, but no one was sick.
- Use hot soapy water or a dishwasher for washing any surfaces or objects that have come into contact with the spinach.
- Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating this spinach.
About E. coli:
- The symptoms of Shiga toxin-producing coli(STEC) symptoms differ for each individual, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. A fever can be seen in certain people, but it is usually not severe (less than [email protected]/[email protected]).
- The majority of people heal within 5 to 7 days. Some infections are mild and others could be life-threatening.
- STEC infections can trigger symptoms like nausea and vomiting. But, illness can manifest between 1 and 10 days after exposure. If you experience diarrhea lasting more than three days, diarrhea that is bloody and feverish, or vomiting that makes it difficult to swallow liquids and prevents you from peeing, it is recommended to seek out your doctor immediately.
For questions about the health conditions in a particular state you can contact the state’s health department.
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