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Spinach Flu Day 16: Natural Selection Foods Update

More good news:

Tests by regulators of two California food-processing plants linked to an outbreak of E. coli in bagged spinach found no contamination by the toxic bacteria, a top officer with their operator said on Thursday.

Tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the California Department of Health and an independent laboratory show the two plants in San Juan Bautista, California operated by Natural Selection Foods LLC are free of the bacteria, said Charles Sweat, the company’s chief operating officer.

Excellent. But what the people already sick?

Natural Selection Foods, the company at the center of an E. coli outbreak traced to tainted spinach that has sickened more than 180 people and killed one, offered Thursday to pay victims’ medical costs.

“We know it’s the right thing to do for these people affected by this outbreak,” said Charles Sweat, the company’s chief operating officer.

The company also announced Thursday that it has introduced new safety measures, including regular testing for E. coli on produce arriving at Natural Selection plants. The measures are similar to safety procedures used in the beef industry.

It makes sense that the safety procedures now being adopted would bear a resemblance to the beef industry’s, as it was likely cow shit that caused the E. Coli outbreak in the first place.

We don’t yet know if Natural Selection plans to do anything for the family of Kyle Allgood.

3 comments to Spinach Flu Day 16: Natural Selection Foods Update

  • Joshua

    I predict an infinite number of lawsuits to everyone from the migrant farm workers who picked the spinach to the cashiers who sold them the spinach and, of course, every man, woman, and child in-between.

  • Morgan

    If someone had asked me two weeks ago if spinach could potentially end civilization, I would have told them they were crazy.

  • Despite the excessive coverage of this story in this virtual space, I think that spinach isn’t terribly likely to pose a risk to civilization in general.

    Unless al Qaeda’s behind it.