OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) confirmed today that the state is part of an E. coli outbreak affecting 6 states. The 7 cases of E. coli O157:H7 found so far in Washington are likely linked to Simple Truth Organic Power Greens purchased at QFC and Fred Meyer stores in Washington state. Consumers with Simple Truth Organic Power Greens with best-by dates through December 20, 2021, should discard them to prevent further illnesses.
Organic Power Greens salad is a mix of organic spinach, mizuna, kale and chard.
Infections have also been traced to Oregon, California, Ohio, Mississippi and Alaska. The local cases were found in King, Snohomish, Whatcom, Pierce, Thurston, Mason and Skagit counties. 1 individual from each county became ill in late November and early December. 2 were hospitalized and 1 person developed a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). No deaths have been reported.
People usually become sick from E. coli 2-8 days (average of 3-4 days) after exposure. Those who have eaten the product and feel ill should consult their health care provider.
Retailers and restaurants do not need to take any action at this time. Current information does not suggest that products currently on the market are contaminated.