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POSTED: 11:28 a.m. EDT, September 25, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- A second bag of spinach contaminated with E.coli bacteria has been found in Utah, and authorities hope it will offer clues about an outbreak that has now sickened 173 people and killed one.

So far, 92 people have been hospitalized, including a Wisconsin woman who died. Of those treated, 27 had a serious type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.

Two other deaths have been reported in suspected cases -- a child in Idaho and an elderly woman in Maryland -- but those cases are still being investigated.

A bag of spinach found in New Mexico last week helped experts pinpoint suspect farms in three counties in California's Salinas Valley, but the FDA said spinach grown outside of those counties is safe to eat.

On Sunday, the discovery of E. coli in a bag of Dole baby spinach purchased in Utah with a use-by date of August 30, 2006, was reported by state health officials, the FDA said.

Since the outbreak was reported two weeks ago, the Food and Drug Administration has recommended people not eat fresh, raw spinach. State and federal investigators since have traced the contaminated spinach back to three counties in California's Salinas Valley.On Friday, officials said spinach grown anywhere outside that area is safe to eat -- but industry needs to figure out how to let consumers know the origin of what they're buying before the green can return to sale, said Dr. David Acheson of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

The 25 states that have reported infections are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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Man, I'm craving spinach, so much. Can't have any of it... and that's hard. Even harder, my brother eats spinach, every single day, throughout his meals...

I wonder if people are afraid to purchase lettuce, of any kind. I know that I haven't had any since the outbreak.


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Man, I'm craving spinach, so much. Can't have any of it... and that's hard. Even harder, my brother eats spinach, every single day, throughout his meals...

I wonder if people are afraid to purchase lettuce, of any kind. I know that I haven't had any since the outbreak.


They always tell us to wash greens, but then they tell us that it is not really necessary with bagged product because it is washed three times during the process. Then they tell us that this E.coli cannot be washed off because it is inside of the plant material.

How can washing it three times make it safe when the hazard cannot be washed off?

The problem is that the bagged product is a perfect medium for the growth of bacteria. This has happened 19 times in the last ten years, and no cause has been found. There is no assurance that this has not come from a single point source or that is not intentional. It could be a criminal act motivated by a disgruntled employee, union grievances, illegal labor issues, or even Islamic terrorism. Or it could be caused by an accident or negligence.

I cannot imagine why anyone would eat bagged greens while the cause of this problem remains unknown.


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I think they found steroids in popeye's spinach.

Or is that mark maguire in a popeye outfit?


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