Nationwide Warning on Spinach

Knoxville (WVLT) - There is a warning out Friday for fresh, bagged spinach because of E. coli bacteria contamination.

Federal health officials are asking you not to eat bagged spinach, after the death of one person in Wisconsin and the illnesses of 50 others in several states.

If you're thinking of making a spinach salad for supper tonight, or using it for a tailgate side item this weekend, forget about it.

Even though no cases of E. coli have been reported in Tennessee, Food City's and other grocery stores here in Knoxville as well as surrounding areas have pulled all spinach in bags and in some stores loose spinach from their shelves.

The source, such as what brand of bagged spinach is causing the illness, is not known at this time, but about every brand is unavailable for purchase right now.

"What we are doing is not taking any chances. We are pulling it all. Anything that deals with spinach which includes spring mix which has spinach in it as well as others. We're just pulling it," says Bill Anderson, Fresh Market Produce Manager.

You're not able to buy any new spinach, but what about anything you have in your fridge?

Consumers nationwide have been warned by the f-d-a to throw away any spinach you have till they can pinpoint the source.

Officials say if you've had bagged fresh spinach and become sick, you should go to the doctor immediately.

Again good news is no reports here in Tennessee, the FDA is continuing their investigation.


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