Investigators may have identified the spinach processor that is the source of spinach tainted with e. Coli. They are looking at a batch of spinach produced on August 15 at Natural Selection Foods in Salinas Valley, California. Natural Selection Foods has voluntarily recalled the spinach.
According to a report posted by CBS California health officials are focusing on the Natural Selection Foods plant because two bags of baby spinach testing positive for presence of the same strain of E.coli contamination–E. coli O157–came from the same plant and had been produced during the same shift on August 15. The bags were sold under the Dole brand name.
Over 180 people in 26 states have reportedly become ill from eating tainted spinach, the largest number from Wisconsin. Of these victims, 29 have developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic-uremia, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.