E. coli Outbreak Linked to Baby Spinach
Posted November 15, 2021
- Illnesses: 10
- Hospitalizations: 2
- Deaths: 0
- States: 7
- Recall: No
- Investigation status: Active
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.
- 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
- Do not sell or serve contaminated spinach.
- Wash and sanitize items and surfaces that may have come in contact with contaminated spinach.
- 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.