Taylor Farms recalls some baby spinach
Salinas produce company Taylor Farms issued a voluntary recall of select organic baby spinach products because of potential E. coli contamination, the county Health Department said Wednesday.
There have been no reported illnesses.
The products, all labeled with a best-by date of 2/24/2013, are the 16 ounce tray of Full Circle Organic brand baby spinach, the 5 ounce tray under the Simple Truth Organic brand and the 16 ounce tray under the Taylor Farms Organic brand.
Symptoms of the specific strain of E. coli involved — Enterohemorrhagic E. coli, or EHEC — include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting within two to 10 days. Most people get better within five to seven days, health officials said.
Crisis team supervisor wins prestigious award
Devon Corpus, a behavioral health professional who helps emergency personnel cope with traumatic events, will receive an award this month from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
The Salinas Police Department announced the award on Wednesday, citing Corpus' close work with the department on SWAT and hostage calls, officer training and ensuring first responders' mental well-being. Police lauded her outreach to "previously overlooked" 911 dispatchers.
"Devon is an experienced listener with an innate ability to effectively communicate with people," police said. "She leads people to speak and spends the time to explain some of the emotions that an individual may experience."
Corpus, the crisis team supervisor, will receive the award at the ICISF's 12th annual World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping in Baltimore on Feb. 23.
Grant gives students free entry to museums
The Greenfield Union School District received a $5,000 grant to allow their students free access to the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History and the Monterey Museum of Art.
For many students, it will be their first time visiting an art museum, the district said.
Fourth-graders from Oak Avenue Elementary School visited the Pacific Grove museum Wednesday.