Bagged Spinach Recalled for Salmonella

Church Brothers, LLC just issued a recall of 560 bags of clipped spinach after one bag tested positive for the dangerous Salmonella pathogen during a random U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Microbiological Data Program sampling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced.

The recalled Church Brothers Bagged Spinach was processed on October 6, 2011 and shipped in 2.5-pound bags to Super King Markets in Los Angeles, California. The defective Church Brothers Bagged Spinach affected by this recall was available for sale effective October 7, 2011 and were distributed in clear packaging marked with a “Best By Date” of 10/23/2011 and a “Manufacturer Code” of A279 47166.

To date, no illnesses related to this product have been reported and no other Church Brothers, LLC products are affected by this recall. It is important to bear in mind, however, that food borne pathogens can take some time to manifest with symptoms following ingestion of tainted food.

“We are cooperating closely with the US Food and Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health to ensure prompt removal of product associated with the recall,” said Steve Church of Church Brothers. “While we are not aware of any illnesses associated with this product, it is important that we act quickly based on the random sample results in order to reduce any risk to public health.”

Anyone in possession of the recalled Church Brothers Bagged Spinach is advised not to consume it and to destroy it or return it to Church Brothers, LLC, which can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.799.9475.

Food borne pathogens such as Salmonella, can be dangerous, sometimes deadly, leaving sufferers with food poisoning symptoms that range from gastrointestinal upsets to serious life-long health issues.

Consumption of food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. Salmonella infections can be life threatening, especially to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

The most common manifestations of salmonellosis are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within six to 72 hours. Additional symptoms include chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days. The illness usually lasts four to seven days.

In some patients, however, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is required. Sometimes, infection with the Salmonella pathogen can result in, and produce more, severe or chronic illnesses.

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