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September 15, 2006
PRESS RELEASE from the Ag Commissioner                               

Atlanta --  Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is advising Georgians to check their refrigerators for bagged fresh spinach following notification from the Food and Drug Administration that the spinach may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. 

"Consumers should not eat bagged fresh spinach at this time until the source of the outbreak and affected lot numbers can be determined," said Commissioner Irvin.   

E. coli O157:H7 is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea and dehydration.

The very young, the elderly and persons with compromised immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness.