An E. coli outbreak linked to Wegmans spinach has sickened at least 16 people and hospitalized four in New York, the state health department has confirmed. The 16 people who became ill are from Monroe, Niagara, Steuben, and Wayne counties. Three of those who were hospitalized have been released, one remains in the hospital.
Yesterday, Wegmans recalled two sizes of organic spinach and spring mix for possible E.coli contamination. The recalled products are Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, in 5 ounce and 11 ounce sizes that were sold between October 14, 2012 and November 1, 2012. The 11 ounce packages bear the UPC number 77890-16411. The 5 ounce packages have the UPC number 77890-16437. Customers who have purchased these items should not eat them.
Wegmans, a grocery store chain based in Rochester, New York, operates stores in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The products are being recalled from all locations. Wegmans received the product from State Garden, a Chelsea, Mass.-based company.
Symptoms of E.coli poisoning include abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea which usually develop three days after exposure and last up to a week. Health officials urge anyone who has eaten this spinach mix and develops these symptoms to see a doctor. “If diarrhea is present in children, or has lasted more than a day or two in adults, or is bloody, a health care provider should be consulted immediately,” the health department stated in its announcement. Cases where the infection moves from the digestive tract to the bloodstream can be fatal if untreated.