Spinach Warning Expanded to Mixed Salad Bags

For Immediate Release: September 18, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Vermont health officials are urging Vermonters to heed the latest advice from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Do not eat ANY bagged raw spinach, including bags of mixed greens or salad that contain spinach.

This warning does not apply to Vermont grown spinach or greens.

The Vermont Department of Health issued a health advisory on Friday following an outbreak of E.coli that has now caused illnesses in 19 states – including Connecticut, Maine and New York – and one death in Wisconsin.

“We are fortunate that there are still no reported cases of E.coli in Vermont related to the recent outbreak that spread from 50 cases of illness to 109 cases over the weekend,” said acting Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt RN, MSN. “We continue to ask all supermarkets and retailers to pull the bagged raw spinach and mixed salad bags containing spinach off the shelves.”

The FDA is working with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) to trace the spinach back to its grower and vendors.

E.coli is a foodborne bacteria that causes severe diarrhea, often with bloody stools, and abdominal cramps. Some infected people experience only mild diarrhea and no other symptoms.

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