There has been a new outbreak of food poisoning, this time E. coli, in the last month. Kroger and Giant Eagle stores sell organic packaged salads under their store brands.
HOW WIDE IS THIS OUTBREAK?
It has already sickened 13 people across six states: Washington (seven), Alaska (two), California, Mississippi and Ohio. Four of them are in the hospital (one each). There have been no deaths.
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There are two kinds of organic power greens: Simple Truth Organic Power Greens, which are sold at Kroger stores, and Nature’s Basket Organic Power Greens. Six people at the Simple Truth greens and one person at Nature’s Basket ate the Nature’s Basket greens.
The CDC says that if you have the packaged salads with a best by date of December 20, 2021, toss them. There hasn’t been a recall for either product.
Investigators are looking into other brands that may have been involved. Often, a food producer will make the same thing for many different brands, sometimes for name brands and store brands.
When does E. COLI show up?
One to 10 days after eating the bacteria, but usually three or four days, a high fever, stomachaches, vomiting, and diarrhoea can start, as well as diarrhoea. Blood can be found in the diarrhoea, and it can be very painful to have. A condition called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), which can make E. coli deadly, is the worst sign. HUS is a type of kidney failure that can make E. coli deadly.