The CDC has issued an alert about a growing E. coli outbreak linked to baby spinach, with at least one case reported in Michigan.
Here’s the info from the CDC:
Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach
- Sold at stores nationwide
- “Best by” date of October 23, 2021
- 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. Cases have been reported in seven states, including Michigan.
Investigators are working to determine if additional products may be contaminated.
What you should do
- Do not eat any contaminated spinach. Throw it away or return it to where you bought it.
- Wash items and surfaces that may have touched the contaminated spinach using hot soapy water or a dishwasher.
- Call your healthcare provider if you have any of these severe coli symptoms:
Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
Signs of dehydration, such as:
Not peeing much
Dry mouth and throat
Feeling dizzy when standing up
Symptoms of E. coli
- Most people infected with Shiga toxin-producing E. coli experience severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting.
Symptoms usually start 3 to 4 days after swallowing the bacteria.
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.
- For more information about E. coli, see the E. coli Questions and Answers page.