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NY Spinach E. coli Outbreak Rises to 19

At least 19 New Yorkers have fallen ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to spinach salad mix purchased at Wegmans stores. That number has risen from the 16 cases first confirmed by the New York State Department of Health on Friday.

Of those ill, five have been hospitalized, with four already having been discharged.

The illnesses are spread across five counties: Monroe, Niagara, Steuben, Wayne and Erie.

Wegmans issued a voluntary recall of their ‘Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix’ on Thursday due to possible E. coli contamination.

The two recalled products are:

- Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, 11oz – UPC: 77890-16411 – ONLY product sold between 10/14/12 and 11/1/12.

- Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, 5oz – UPC: 77890-16437 – ONLY product sold between 10/14/12 and 11/1/12.

“Test results indicate that only product with a use-by-date of October 23 is connected to the reported illnesses, but out of an abundance of caution Wegmans has removed all code dates of the product, up to and including November 9, from its stores and has called all customers who purchased this product using their Shopper Club card, regardless of the code date purchased,” a Wegmans press release stated late Friday evening.

A spokeswoman with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Monday that the agency was still testing samples of the product and that the New York health department was leading the outbreak investigation.

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  • shopright not wrong

    I am in California, and I am getting/buying kroger mix, is this particular mix E. Coli?

    • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/ Food Safety News Information

      No, this outbreak is only associated with Wegmans’ mix.

  • beccadog

    Could this spinach recall be because of recombinant DNA, which often uses Escherichia coli as a vector to carry the nouvelle recombinant DNA gene to the new seed? 

    Genentech was one of the first biotechnology companies to use Escherichia coli to  create blood plasma, and is now using it in various other ways.  E-coli seems to  be constantly in the news as recombinant DNA expands in lots of food and a great deal of pharmaceticals has become  genetically engineered from other species to create new DNA of drugs.

    I also wonder if these spinach recall stories are not propaganda put out by Richard Levick,  CEO and President of LEVICK, who represent countries and companies dealing with global crises and litigation. His firm, he says has directed media efforts in connection with “spinach…”