You’ve probably heard by now, but don’t buy bagged spinach any time soon. Hundreds of people have gotten sick due to spinach infected with E.Coli. Unfortunately, the CDC has not been able to locate the source of the bacteria, so grocery stores and restuarants are pulling spinach off their shelves and menus until further notice. Even Brown’s dining halls have done away with spinach and mesclun mix at the salad bar.
A similar outbreak of the dangerous bacteria occured in 2005 when a few dozen customers became ill after eating Dole bagged salads. E. coli is a bacteria that can live in the intestines of cattle, and can then infect fruits and vegetables that have been planted in manure-fertilized soil.
About E. coli bacteria
What the Center for Disease Control Has to Say
“Shopper’s shun spinach as E. coli cases top 100” (CNN.com)
“How Ready-To-Eat Spinach is Only Part of the E. coli Problem” (Time.com)