(Non-Local news) - Health chiefs: Don't eat bagged spinach

WASHINGTON (AP) – Consumers nationwide should not eat fresh bagged spinach, say health officials probing a multistate outbreak of E. coli that killed at least one person and made dozens of others sick.

Food and Drug Administration and state officials don’t know the cause of the outbreak, although raw, packaged spinach appears likely. “We’re advising people not to eat it,” said Dr. David Acheson of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Washing the spinach won’t solve the problem, because the E. coli bacteria is too tightly attached, another FDA official warned on Friday.(Watch how health officials in the hardest hit state are scrambling – 1:11)

“If you wash it, it is not going to get rid of it,” said Robert Brackett, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition.

Eight states were reporting a total of 50 cases of E. coli illness, Acheson said Thursday.

The person died in Wisconsin, where 20 people were reported ill, 11 of them in Milwaukee. The outbreak has sickened others – eight of them seriously – in Connecticut, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. In California, state health officials said they were investigating a possible case there.

The outbreak has affected a mix of ages, but most of the cases have involved women, Acheson said. Further information on the person who died wasn’t available.

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Somebody should warn Popeye.