A voluntary recall has been issued by Taylor Farms Retail Inc. for various products that could potentially be contaminated with E. coli. Two of the products shipped to Missouri specifically are the 5 oz. and 16 oz. Organic Baby Spinach trays, though other states are affected. The Taylor Farms website has not recieved any reports of illness at this time, but if you have experienced complications relating to these products, seek medical attention immediately.
Escherichia coli, or E. coli, is an extremely diverse group of bacteria found in most human and animals’ intestinal tracts. Only a few of these varieties are referred to as ‘Shiga toxin-producing E. coli’ or STEC, the pathotype most commonly heard about in the news. Anyone can be infected, though young children and the elderly are more likely to develop severe illness. Symptoms of a STEC infection range from mild stomach cramps to diarrhea and vomitting. More serious cases can lead to potentially life-threatening kidney failure known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). Signs that a person may be developing HUS include fatigue, decreased urination, and loss of color inside cheeks and lower eyelids. Most people suffering with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some may suffer permanent damage or even death.
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