Washington -- The Food and Drug Administration called on consumers not to eat any fresh, prepackaged spinach Thursday after officials said they identified an outbreak of E. coli that has killed a person in Wisconsin and sickened at least 48 people in eight states.
FDA official Dr. David Acheson said cases have also been identified in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico and Utah. Wisconsin was the state that was hit hardest with at least 20 cases.
Acheson said FDA officials were notified of the outbreak by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wisconsin health officials Wednesday. Acheson said the investigation appears to implicate prepackaged, prewashed spinach, but officials have not identified a specific brand yet.