In the last few weeks, 10 people from seven states reported E. coli infections. Five of those affected ate a particular vegetable before getting sick. On November 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an official report regarding this situation and identified the specific brand that was potentially contaminated.
Read further on to learn more about this outbreak.
Josie’s Organics Baby Spinach
From a CDC announcement, Josie’s Organics baby spinach has been connected to several E. coli infections in Indiana, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota. As mentioned, 10 people got sick, five of whom reported consuming spinach, and one mentioned the spinach from Josie’s Organics. Officials from Minnesota discovered E. coli at the spinach leftovers found in the patient’s home.
At the time of the announcement, two people were hospitalized, but no deaths were reported.
The baby spinach in question is sold in stores across the nation and has an October 23, 2021 best-by date. If you’ve purchased this product, the CDC strongly advises you not to eat it. You have two options: Throw the spinach away or return it. Also, it’s recommended to wash surfaces that may have been in contact with the contaminated spinach as a precaution.
If you’re experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, nausea, or stomach cramps, you may have been infected. Typically, E. coli symptoms will resolve themselves within several days. If they persist or worsen, contact your doctor.
Be Careful What You Eat
Although E. coli is usually harmless, some types may cause gastrointestinal illness. To prevent getting it, it’s essential to wash your hands, the fridge, and all kitchen equipment regularly. Also, ensure you rinse and cook your food thoroughly to prevent contamination.