"At the request of Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Rep. Rosa DeLauro, this report examines the Food and Drug Administration's efforts to protect the safety of packaged fresh spinach. As part of this investigation, the Committee requested and received inspection records for all FDA inspections of firms producing packaged fresh spinach from 2001 to 2007. In September 2006, the United States suffered a major outbreak of E. coli O157:H7, causing hundreds of reported injuries and several deaths and resulting in a spinach recall. The outbreak ultimately was traced to packaged fresh spinach. This was not the first outbreak tied to fresh produce. There have been at least 20 outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7 in fresh spinach or lettuce in the past 12 years."
U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform: http://oversight.house.gov/