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Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix Blend Recalled Due to Potentially Deadly E.coli Contamination


Approximately 31,000 lbs. of Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix were recalled due to possible contamination with E.coli O157 H:7. Wegmans sold the product in 5 oz. (UPC 77890 16437) and 11 oz. (UPC 77890 16411) clam shell packages. The product was supplied to Wegmans by State Garden, Inc. based in Chelsea, Massachusetts.

 

The product, a blend of organic spinach and spring mix, has been associated with 16 reported illnesses in New York State from E.coli O157 H:7. E.coli O157 H:7 may cause a diarrheal illness, often with bloody stools. The symptoms usually appear about three days after exposure, but can range from one to nine days. Although most people recover without specific treatment in five to ten days, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

 

Test results indicate that only product with a use-by-date of October 23 is connected to the reported illnesses, but out of an abundance of caution Wegmans has removed all code dates of the product from its stores and has placed phone calls to all customers who purchased the product using their Shopper Club card, regardless of the code date purchased. Organic Spinach and Spring Mix was sold in the produce department in all of Wegmans’ 81 stores in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between October 14 and November 1.

 

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