FDA conducting on-site inspections in relation to outbreak from organic spinach
The investigation into an E. Coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to baby spinach is in the on-site inspection phase for at least one company, according to an update from the Food and Drug Administration.
The FDA had already begun product traceback and sample testing, which showed a link to Josie’s Organics organic baby spinach, but did not report where specifically its onsite inspections are taking place.
In other outbreak news, the table below shows ongoing outbreak investigations being managed by FDA’s CORE Response Teams. The investigations are in a variety of stages. Some outbreaks have limited information with active investigations ongoing, others may be near completion. The table below has been abbreviated to show only active investigations.
The Food and Drug Administration will issue public health advisories for outbreak investigations that result in “specific, actionable steps for consumers — such as throwing out or avoiding specific foods — to take to protect themselves,” according to the outbreak table page.
Not all recalls and alerts result in an outbreak of foodborne illness. Not all outbreaks result in recalls.
Outbreak investigations that do not result in specific, actionable steps for consumers may or may not conclusively identify a source or reveal any contributing factors, according to CORE’s outbreak table page. If a source(s) and/or contributing factors are identified that could inform future prevention, FDA commits to providing a summary of those findings, according to CORE officials.
Click here to visit the FDA page that has a complete list of outbreak investigations and links to outbreak information.
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