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Spinach Recall In 39 States After Taylor Farms E. Coli Scare

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Editor's Note: This article was published in February 2013. It was published in error to some HuffPost social media accounts on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2014. We regret the error. At that time, there was no recall for spinach from Taylor Farms.

In February 2013, Taylor Farms Retail Inc. announced in an online statement that it was voluntarily recalling some Organic Baby Spinach products due to possible contamination with Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a bacteria that can cause severe infection leading to abdominal cramps, vomiting and (sometimes hemorrhagic) diarrhea.

EHEC can also lead to a sometimes fatal disease known as Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which causes kidney failure and nervous system problems, especially in children and the elderly.

The recalled spinach is being sold in the following 39 states across the country: Wyoming, Wisconsin, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, North Carolina, Montana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

The spinach that is being recalled is being sold in 5-oz and 16-oz trays under the following names: Central Market Organics, Full Circle Organics, Marketside Organics, Simple Truth Organics and Taylor Farms Organic. All the recalled spinach has a "best by" date of February 24, 2013, Taylor Farms said.

Click here to see the Universal Product Code numbers (UPCs) for the recalled products.

The company, which said the recall was a "precautionary measure," says anyone with one of these products should not eat it and should throw it away. For more information, contact Taylor Farms at 855-293-9811.

An outbreak of EHEC in 2011 infected over 1,100 people in Germany, causing six deaths, according to the World Health Organization.

This isn't the first (or even the second) time Taylor Farms has had to recall its spinach after selling it to supermarkets. Last year the company voluntarily recalled its Organic Baby Spinach after a test by the USDA found there was a potential of salmonella contamination.

And in 2011 it was forced to recall over 3,200 bags of salad greens, also because of potential salmonella contamination, after an inspector with the Washington Department of Agriculture conducted a random test on a bag of spinach.

The Huffington Post has reached out to Taylor Farms for comment.

(Hat tip KABC-TV)

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