January 2007

Tainted Spinach May Be Responsible

Family members of two elderly women — one from Washington and another in Maryland — said spinach tainted with E. coli may be at least partly responsible.  The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control are investigating the deaths.

If confirmed, the cases would bring the number killed

An E. coli outbreak last year sickened about 81 people who had eaten at Taco John’s restaurants in Austin, Albert Lea and Cedar Falls, Iowa, in November and December. Among those sickened, 26 were hospitalized.

Tim Engstrom, managing editor of the Albert Lea Tribune and I spoke last week about the Taco John’s lawsuit specifically