Check your refrigerator–if you have baby spinach in there, beware. Earlier this week, there was a massive recall on salad over a potential Listeria outbreak, now the FDA just issued another recall due to concerns that baby spinach (organic ones, no less) could be contaminated with salmonella–that nasty bacteria that can cause all sorts of stomach upset, diarrhea, cramps, fever and an extreme case of the yucks.
The organic baby spinach came from Taylor Farms in Salinas, California and is sold under the brand names Private Selections and Marketside.
The specific products being recalled are: Private Selections Organic Baby Spinach 5 oz clamshell with a “best by” date of 5-25-12, which was distributed to stores in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
Marketside Baby Spinach Organic 10 oz clamshell with the same “best by” date went to stores in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. All were distributed on May 9th and 10th.
No illnesses have been reported yet, but that doesn’t mean we should relax. Check your refrigerators, toss any baby spinach from these brands, and if you have consumed any, be on the lookout for the symptoms of salmonella contamination. Report any concerns to your doctor and to the FDA, says their spokesperson, Pat El-Hinnawy:
Taylor Farms is working with FDA to ensure that any products that could be harmful to the public are removed from the marketplace. Consumers are urged not to buy or eat organic baby spinach from any of these labels… No illnesses have been associated to date with Taylor Farms products.
Illnesses or adverse events related to use of these products should be emailed to the FDA at CAERS@fda.hhs.gov or by calling 240-402-2405.