Wal-Mart Pulls Spinach from Shelves in Wake of E-Coli Scare

SEPTEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CDT

BENTONVILLE, AR - Clerks at Wal-Mart stores nationwide spent the early morning hours pulling bags of spinach off shelves after an E-coli scare.  One person has died and several others have been sickened in a ten-state outbreak.  Federal officials linked the outbreak to bagged spinach.

Washing the spinach might not kill the sometimes deadly bacteria.

Wal-Mart accounts for about a quarter of the nation's grocery market.  It started at midnight pulling bagged spinach and all bagged salads that contain spinach off its shelves at 2,800 Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam's Clubs.

The company also programmed cash registers to not ring up any products that contain bagged spinach in case any bags weren't pulled.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)