State and Federal Officials Examine Spinach Fields


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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 18, 2006


Patty Roberts with the California Department of Health Services says specially trained investigators are examining the two packaging companies linked to an outbreak of e-coli infections.  She says in a few days those investigators will move on to the fields where the spinach was grown. 

“E-coli is linked to feces so it can happen at a processing plant, if there is a contamination at that level, it can happen during the picking process it can also happen during the growing process.” 

On its website, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advises consumers not to eat any fresh spinach or products with fresh spinach in them until further notice.  State health officials are also reaching out to local health officers, to track down any further e-coli infections in the state.