Well, this is unfortunate. In addition to that pretty major mango recall that’s going on, there’s also a worrisome recall of bagged spinach. Kroger grocery stores in 15 states have already pulled the leafy greens from their shelves due to fear of listeria, and are warning consumers to check the sell-by dates against the information provided by the company and the FDA. But before you swear off produce altogether, it’s important to point out that this particular incident doesn’t actually appear to be quite as serious as it may seem.
Which isn’t to say that every shopper shouldn’t check the information on bagged spinach which they’ve purchased recently–listeria is very serious, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, there are a few aspects about this particular recall that make it slightly less concerning than, say, the giant mango-related Salmonella scare that is forcing retailers to recall all kinds of products.
First, the spinach in question is only being sold at some Kroger stores in some states–it hasn’t made it very far, and there are still plenty of stores (like Ralph’s, QFC, and Fred Meyer) that aren’t impacted.
Second, unlike the mango scare, it appears to have become compromised pretty late in the processing stage. So far, it looks like the contaminated spinach is probably not going to appear in your restaurant salad or frozen block that you bought at a different grocery store. Other than some bags of spinach bought specifically at Kroger and other stores listed in the recall information–”Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, central and eastern Tennessee, and Michigan…and Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s and Food 4 Less stores in Indiana, Illinois and eastern Missouri,” according to the FDA–spinach is still pretty safe.
Third, Kroger is being super helpful with this recall, which isn’t always the case. They’ve got signs in stores that may be impacted, and have removed any and all products which are potentially dangerous. If you shop at a Kroger store that may have carried the spinach, you’ll be made aware as soon as you go back to the store for a refund. Which is really pretty cool of them.
Yes, food recalls can be deadly–and when they seem to be piling on top of each other, it can be really nervous-making. But this spinach scare definitely isn’t serious enough to stop eating fruits and veggies. They’re still good for you…as long as they’re safe.
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