Tainted Veggies: Who is legally responsible for the spinach fiasco? One day in September 2006, Popeye's beloved spinach disappeared overnight from grocery store shelves—and was gone for weeks. The culprit? Escherichia coli or E. coli for short. For most of us, it was a minor inconvenience; however, the incident left many wondering who was responsible and whether we'd ever eat spinach again.
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