As of the 16th of November, 2021, there is an active investigation underway after spinach from Missouri, Josie’s Organic Spinach, tested positive for E. coli. THe positive test was reported by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). The spinach is suspected to be linked to a multistate salmonella outbreak. According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), tenAmerican Individuals across seven states have been reported to be infected with E. coli. The illness onsets range in date from October 15th to October 27th, 2021. The identified victims come from a wide geographical range, adn include the states of IN, IA, SD, OH, MN, MO and MI.
At least two victims have been hospitalized as of the most recent report. Out of the ten identified individuals infected with E. coli, five reported having consumed spinach. One victim had esten Josie’s Organic Spinach approximately a week before becoming ill, and health investigators were able to collect it from his home. It tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli.
Individuals experiencing any of the afore-mentioned symptoms, especially after consumption of Josie’s Organic Spinach, are strongly encouraged to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible and alert local health authorities.
As one National Food Poisoning Lawyer, Ron Simon, explained, “24-72 hours after ingesting Shiga Toxin Producing E. coli, or STEC, most infected individuals begins to experience upper intestinal distress, followed shortly by watery diarrhea that is often very bloody. Fever is less common than in some other bacteria infections, and vomiting occurs in fewer than one-half of adult cases. But headache, muscle aches, and bloating may also occur, with fatigue being very common. ”
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration is recommending customers of Josie’s Organic Spinach, those in possession of the afore-mentioned product with a Best If Used By date of October 23, 2021, to return the produce to the location of purchase for a full refund and to avoid consumption of the spinach at all costs. The product is reported to be being sold in clamshell clear plastic, topped by a Best If Used By Date label.