Two people have been hospitalized in the E. coli outbreak linked to Josie’s Organics baby spinach. The E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, which includes patients ranging in age from 2 to 71 years old, has sickened 10 people in seven states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of illnesses reported from each state is: Indiana (3), Iowa (1), Michigan (1), Minnesota (2), Missouri (1), Ohio (1), and South Dakota (1).

CDC map of Josie's Organics Baby Spinach E. coli Outbrea


Symptoms of an E. coli infection usually develop within one to five days of exposure. They include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. The people in this outbreak reported the onset of illness on dates ranging from October 15, 2021, to October 27, 2021.

Health officials used whole genome sequencing to identify the genetic fingerprint of the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 associated with this outbreak. Matching fingerprints indicate that people were sickened by the same source.  During interviews with health officials, patients reported eating spinach in the days before they became ill.

Minnesota health officials collected a container of Josie’s Organics spinach from one of the patients’ homes. Tests on the spinach show it was contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and that the fingerprint matched the outbreak strain.

One of the patients reported buying Josie’s Organics organic baby spinach from a HyVee store. Another patients bought Fresh Thyme organic baby spinach at a Fresh Thyme store. Both brands of spinach are produced by Braga Fresh.

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