Tainted Spinach Traced to California

09-15-06 - Federal heath officials say they've traced a nationwide E-coli outbreak to a California company, which has agreed to recall its bagged spinach products. The Food and Drug Administration says the outbreak has been linked to bagged spinach products distributed by Natural Selection Foods, based in San Juan Bautista, California. One person has died and nearly 100 people others became ill in the outbreak, which has spread to 19 states.

States affected so far: California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Wisconsin has accounted for about 1/3 of the cases.

Natural Selection Foods has recalled all packages of its fresh spinach and any salad with spinach in a blend because they are possibly contaminated with E. coli. The affected packages have "Best if Used by Dates" of Aug. 17 through Oct. 1. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-800-690-3200.

The recalled brands are:
Cheney Brothers
Cross Valley
D'Arrigo Brothers
Earthbound Farm
Fresh Point
Green Harvest
Jansal Valley
Mills Family Farm
Natural Selection Foods
Nature's Basket
O Organic
Premium Fresh
President's Choice
Pride of San Juan
Rave Spinach
Ready Pac
River Ranch
Riverside Farms
Tanimura & Antle
The Farmer's Market
Trader Joe's