Tainted Bagged Spinach Kills One, Leaves 50 Others Sick across Eight States

The FDA warned consumers not to eat bagged spinach after a deadly outbreak of E. coli has killed at least one person and left at least 50 others sick. The death occurred in Wisconsin but the outbreak was left people sick in eight states.

E. coli or Escherichia coli is a common cause of foodborne illness with approximately 73,000 cases of infection and 61 deaths occurring in the United States each year. E. coli can lead to bloody diarrhea and kidney failure. Most E. coli cases are linked to eating undercooked ground beef, drinking raw milk and after swimming in or drinking sewage-contaminated water. Bacteria in diarrheal stools of infected persons can be passed from one person to another if hygiene or handwashing habits are inadequate. This can happen with toddlers who are not toilet trained, putting family members of these children are at high risk.Over the last two years several personal injury lawsuits have been filed against food and drink manufacturers whose products have been linked to e. coli food poisoning. Defendants in these cases include: Wendy’s, Starbucks, Odwalla, BJ’s and Tops.

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