Spinach Warnings Lead to Unprecedented Rise in Spinach Blogging
Posted on September 18, 2006Spinach blogging soared over the weekend thanks to the warnings from the FDA that fresh spinach products contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 has been making people sick. One person has died and over a hundred people have fallen ill. Some people sickened by the E. coli have developed a a form of kidney failure called HUS. Spinach blog posts soared over the weekend with about 2,000 posts on Sunday according to Technorati. The graph on the right shows the pattern of spinach-related blog posts over the past 360 days. Normally the number of spinach blog posts ranges from about 200 to 400 daily according to Technorati -- who knew there were that many every day? But you can see the big spike in posts related to the recent spinach scare on the chart.
For the latest official information from the FDA, check the FDA homepage or the FDA alerts section. Here are some highlights about spinach and the E. coli outbreak from bloggers covering the recall.
Just be sure and wait until the E. coli outbreak is declared officially over or you might not be feeling quite like Popeye after you eats u spinach. It probably won't be very easy to find fresh spinach in stores for a while anyway.