Two Minnesotans sickened in E. Coli outbreak linked to two brands of organic baby spinach

A nationwide foodborne outbreak traced to contaminated organic baby spinach has sickened two Minnesotans, the state’s departments of health and agriculture announced Monday.

The E. coli O157 illnesses occurred between Oct. 17 and 23 are linked to outbreaks in other states. Neither of the stricken Minnesotans, who were in their mid-20s, was hospitalized. One person lived in the Twin Cities, and the other lived in outstate Minnesota.

The cases were linked to eating Josie’s Organics organic baby spinach purchased from Hy-Vee as well as Fresh Thyme organic baby spinach purchased from Fresh Thyme. Both brands are produced by Braga Fresh.

Minnesota health authorities say consumers should not eat Josie’s Organics or Fresh Thyme organic baby spinach with a best-by date on or around Oct. 23. If they have it in their refrigerators, they should discard it.

Information on the national E. coli outbreak can be found on the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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