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9/15/06-Tyler

East Texas Grocers, Restaurants Heeding Spinach Warning

The outbreak has been linked to bagged spinach distributed by Natural Selection Foods. They're based in San Juan Bautista, California.

The company has agreed to recall all spinach products with a sell by date of August 17 through October 21.

We also learned the recall affects bulk spinach sales to restaurants.

The state of Texas has yet to have a reported case of E. Coli. But everybody across the nation has been warned to throw their spinach out!

Some local restaurants already have a head start.

Jason's Deli in Tyler posted this sign on their front door.

Grocers such as Brookshire's got rid of about 12 brands of spinach, including their fresh spinach bundles, organic bagged spinach and spring mix salad greens.

"We haven't received any instructions to pull it. We're just voluntarily doing it just as a precaution and I think it's important to the safety of our customers," says Pete Leung, Vice President of Perishable Operations for Brookshire Grocery Company.

"All of us have some E. Coli in our system. It's that this strain is more aggressive and causes more problems," says Dr. David Lakey with UT Health Center at Tyler.

The strain Dr. Lakey is talking about is E. Coli O157:H7.

Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.

This strain can also cause chronic kidney problems. Symptoms can arise 48 hours after being exposed.

Christine Nelson reporting. cnelson@kltv.com

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