Organic Baby Spinach has just been recalled for potential Salmonella contamination, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just announced. Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. initiated the recall of its Organic Baby Spinach after a random test conducted on a finished package was conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The recalled Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach was distributed by Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. on May 9 and 10, 2012; no other products or code dates are affected by this recall. Taylor Farms stated that it is cooperating with the FDA and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
The recalled items include (the “Best By” Code Date is located on the lower, right portion of the front label”:
Private Selections’ Organic Baby Spinach
The product was packaged in a 5-ounce clamshell, with UPC 0-11110-91128-5, and Best By date 5-25-12. These recalled packages were sold in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and bear the following Package Codes:
• TFRS 130B 1503 KT34
• TFRS 130B 1803 KT34
Marketside Organic Baby Spinach
This product was packaged in a 10-ounce clamshell with UPC 6-8113132900-2, Package Code TFRS130B16, and Best By date 5-25-12. These recalled packages were distributed to Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.
No illnesses have been reported, to date, in connection with this recall; however, it can take some time from ingestion of a contaminated food product to manifestation of symptoms. The farms advise customers who have purchased the potentially contaminated organic baby spinach not to consume the products and to dispose of them. Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.508.7048, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST).
The most common symptoms of Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever, with symptoms manifesting, usually, 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; however, in some, 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.
Salmonella poisoning—salmonellosis—can be dangerous, even deadly, leaving sufferers with serious life-long health issues. Salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.