Sixteen people in New York state are suffering from E. coli O157:H7 infections, apparently as a result of eating Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix. The product was supplied to Wegmans by State Garden, Inc. (Chelsea, MA).
The outbreak victims are mostly from western New York state. Four people required hospitalization; three of those have already been released, according to Peter Constantakes of the New York State Department of Health. Food Safety News reports that the case patients are from Monroe, Niagara, Steuben and Wayne counties. No other states have reported outbreak-associated illnesses so far.
According to test results, only products with a use-by date of October 23 are implicated in the illnesses; however, Wegmans has removed all date codes from its stores as a precaution.
Wegmans has recalled approximately 31,000 lbs of its Organic Spinach and Spring Mix, sold in 5 oz and 11 oz clam shell packages in the produce department of its stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between October 14 and November 1st.
Wegmans advises customers who purchased this product to discard any that remains in their homes. Customers should visit the service desk at Wegmans for a full refund.