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Local grocers, restaurants take spinach precautions

Don’t plan to order the Spinach Veggie Wrap any time soon at Jason’s Deli, warns Anna Faltermeier of The University Daily Kansan.

After a nation-wide E. coli outbreak, companies are recalling products with spinach. Although no cases have been reported in Kansas, Lawrence businesses are taking preventative measures.

John Baranski, general manager of Jason’s Deli, 3140 Iowa St., said he received a letter from corporate headquarters before the restaurant opened Friday telling the restaurant to throw away all of its spinach. This leaves the restaurant with one type of lettuce instead of the usual three. Both baby spinach and spring mix were thrown away because spring mix had baby spinach in it. Customers will now have to settle for romaine.

E. coli infections have been confirmed in nineteen states: California, Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. There have been no confirmed cases in Kansas, but stores and businesses are playing it safe and getting rid of all fresh spinach and items containing fresh spinach.

Frozen and canned spinach were not affected.

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