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4:11 am
Sat September 16, 2006

FDA: Earthbound Farm brand spinach connected to E. coli outbreak

San Juan Bautista, CA – The Food and Drug Administration has traced the recent outbreak of E. coli bacteria in spinach to the Salinas Valley.

San Juan Bautista-based Natural Selection Foods LLC says it's initiated a voluntary recall of all its spinach and spinach-containing products. It's best known for the organic brand Earthbound Farm, but it also has a hand in producing 30 others, including Dole and Trader Joe's.

The FDA's chief officer for food safety, Dr. David Acheson, says there's no hard scientific link to Natural Selection right now, but the epidemiological evidence points in that direction.

KAZU's Ben Adler reports.