Bunched Spinach May be Tainted with Salmonella, Recall Issued


fears have prompted a recall of bunched spinach sold under “Queen Victoria” and”Tubby” labels. The spinach wasdistributed by Ippolito International LP of Salinas, California.

A total of 1,715 cartons of bunched spinach are involved in this recall. According to a statement issued by the California Department of Public Health , 1,515 were packed under the “Queen Victoria” label and distributed in California, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and, in Canada, British Columbia, Ontario, and Manitoba. Another 200 sold under the “Tubby” label were shipped to California and New York.

The affected spinach was harvested Sept. 1 through Sept. 3 and distributed to retail, food service and wholesale buyers. It was packed in 12-count and 24-count bunches in cardboard boxes with “Spinach” printed on the side panel, in wire bound crates, or in reusable plastic containers.

The 12-count and 24-count spinach bunches were bound with a twist tie which says “PLU 4090 UPC 33383-65200,” according to the agency’s statement.

The recalled bunched spinach was labeled with the following Code Date Stickers, located on the outside edge panel of the carton: 10522441 5 205 (harvested Sept. 1, 2009); 10522451 5 205 (harvested Sept. 2, 2009), and 10522461 5 205 (harvested Sept. 3, 2009). The Tubby label was packed only on Code Date 10522451 5 205.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis, and arthritis.

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