Tracking Down E. Coli

It seems sooner than later heads will roll—heads of spinach that is! The spinach-E. coli odyssey is narrowing down. The Associated Press reports officials are honing in on a particular batch of spinach processed in California as the source of the outbreak. Lisa Leff explains:
The investigation remains focused on Natural Selection Foods LLC, which officials believe packaged the tainted spinach for Dole and dozens of other brands. They're looking specifically at nine farms in three California counties that supplied the company with leafy greens.


Both tainted bags — one found in Utah over the weekend and the other in New Mexico earlier last week — were processed during the same shift on Aug. 15 at Natural Selection's plant, said Dr. Kevin Reilly, deputy director of prevention services for the California Department of Health Services.
Fearing exposure to the tainted batch, many retailers have voluntarily pulled products thought to contain spinach from Natural Selection off shelves. Leff continues:
Over the weekend, two companies in the Pacific Northwest voluntarily recalled some of their products because they may contain spinach supplied by Natural Selection.


Seattle-based Triple B Corp. recalled salad products distributed to retail stores and delis in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana that had "use by" dates of Aug. 22 through Sept. 20.

Pacific Coast Fruit Company, based in Portland, Ore., recalled salad and pizza that may have been made with spinach supplied by Natural Selections. The products were distributed in Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
To learn about the far-reaching affects of the spinach-E. coli crisis check out this post from yesterday: The Raw Truth of E. Coli
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