I subscribe to the Organic Consumers Society ezine and this is their take on the spinach contamination problem:
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ALERT: E.COLI–GETTING TO THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM The recent tragic outbreak of E. coli contamination in spinach that has killed one person and poisoned at least 146 others, is being mistakenly blamed, by some in the media, on organic farming practices–specifically the use of animal manure in making fertilizer compost on organic farms. While no conclusive source of the current E.coli outbreak has yet been determined, mountains of E.coli-tainted manure on conventional factory farm feedlots and rainfall-induced agricultural runoff are the likely culprits. Despite this fact, a number of apologists for industrial agriculture continue to attack organic food in the press as “unsafe.”
(To read OCA’s position paper and other in-depth articles on the E.coli crisis go to OCA’s daily news page http://www.organicconsumers.org/2006/log.cfm).