A virulent E.coli strain infected the national spinach supply a month ago with a subsequent death following two weeks later. 50% of those who reported to be sick from this particular bacterial strain were hospitalized, which is twice as many as previous E.coli outbreaks. Three times the average number of consumers in this type of outbreak suffered kidney failure, resulting in a transplant, dialysis, heavy medication, or death.
The FDA’s response to this extreme severity? A voluntary recall of spinach! After one confirmed death and hundreds of illnesses, this voluntary issuance leaves millions of Americans at risk. Unfortunately, it appears as though the FDA cannot accurately assess the risks to public safety.