UPDATED January 6, 2022 -Simple Truth and Nature’s Basket organic power greens have been linked to an E. coli outbreak that has sickened 10 people in four states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Four people have been hospitalized one with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) a form of kidney failure that is a complication of E. coli infections.

Nature’s Basket is a Giant Eagle store brand, and Simple Truth is a Kroger brand sold at its family of stores including Baker’s, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Foods Co, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Gerbes, Jay C, Food Store, King Soopers, Kroger, Mariano’s, Metro Market, Pay-Less Super Markets, Pick’n Save, QFC, Ralphs and Rule.

The CDC is advising consumers not to eat Simple Truth Organic Power Greens or Nature’s Basket Organic Power Greens with “best if used by” dates through December 20, 2021. Health officials are working to determine if additional products may be contaminated.


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Symptoms of an E. coli infection, which include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody, usually develop within one to three days of exposure. The people in this outbreak, who range in age from 26 to 79 years old, reported the onset of illness on dates ranging from November 27, 2021, to December 9, 2021.

E. coli Outbreak Investigation

As part of the outbreak investigation, health officials interviewed patients about the foods they ate in the week before they became ill. So far, all nine of the patients interviewed said they ate prepackaged organic power greens in the week before they got sick. Eight of them reported eating Simple Truth brand power greens, one of them ate Nature’s Basket brand. Shopper records show the purchase of these products.

Both brands of organic power greens contain the same mixture of leafy greens: organic spinach, mizuna, kale, and chard. Several patients said they used the power greens to make smoothies.

Health officials used a DNA fingerprinting method called whole genome sequencing on all of the E. coli cultures from the patients. Test results showed that the E. coli fingerprints for all of the patients are closely related. This suggests that they all got sick from the same food.

The number of illnesses reported from each state is: Alaska (2), Ohio (1), Oregon (1), and Washington (6).

Organic Power Greens E. coli outbreak

 

Multiple Salad Outbreaks

This outbreak is one of four ongoing outbreaks linked to prepackaged salads. The others are: an E. coli outbreak linked to Josie’s Organic Baby Spinach;  a Listeria outbreak linked to Dole packaged salads and a Listeria outbreak linked to Fresh Express packages salads. Recalls have been issued in connection with the Dole and Fresh Express outbreaks. Consumers should check this information carefully.

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UPDATE: This post was originally published on December 30, 2021, and updated on January 6, 2022, to reflect that the CDC has removed three illnesses from the case total. One case was removed from each of the following states: California, Mississippi,Organic Power Greens E. coli outbreak and Washington.