CFIA warns against spinach consumption

September 27, 2006 in Nutrition Topics in the News

CFIA warns against spinach consumption

In the wake of the current E. coli outbreak linked to spinach, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning Canadians not to eat fresh spinach grown in the United States.

The warning comes after the outbreak in 19 states has killed one person and sickened nearly 100 others. Twenty-nine people have been hospitalized, 14 of them with kidney failure. Canadian officials confirmed its first illness related to the outbreak of E. coli involving spinach grown in the U.S.

Officials warn that washing the spinach will not make it safe, since E. coli is capable of sticking to the leaves, eve after being washed.

The outbreak was traced to Natural Selection Foods, based in California, and the company has voluntarily recalled products containing spinach.

E. coli stands for Escherichia coli, a species of bacteria that lives in animal intestines.

In another development, the CFIA warned Friday that Homestyle Garlic Croutons sold by Wendy's restaurants in Ontario and Quebec may be contaminated with salmonella, and has issued a recall.

For more information, please visit the Canadian Food Inspection Agency website

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