E. coli Outbreak Linked to Baby Spinach

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Posted November 15, 2021

Fast Facts
  • Illnesses: 10
  • Hospitalizations: 2
  • Deaths: 0
  • States: 7
  • Recall: No
  • Investigation status: Active
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Contaminated Food

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.

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 E. coli symptoms:
    • Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
    • Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
    • Bloody diarrhea
    • 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
What Businesses Should Do
  • Do not sell or serve contaminated spinach.
  • Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with contaminated spinach.
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.