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Spinach Recall Issued Over E. Coli Contamination Fears

Spinach Recall Issued Over E. Coli Contamination Fears

Salinas, CA – A spinach recall has been issued by a California company over fears of E. coli contamination.

Salad processor Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. announced a recall of organic spinach sold across the country on Wednesday. The company is seeking to pull products sold under the labels Central Market, Full Circle, Marketside, Simple Truth, and Taylor Farms.

The spinach recall covers a wide area, with almost all of the listed products sold in states ranging from Alaska to Tennessee to Pennsylvania. All spinach with a best-by date of February 24 is being pulled.

No information has been given on the exact strain of E. coli involved in the spinach recall and no illnesses have been reported in connection to the possible contamination. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) site:

“E. coli poisoning is a serious and potentially deadly illness, typically transmitted using the fecal-mouth route by eating or drinking foods or beverages contaminated with E. coli, eating unpasteurized (i.e., raw) milk and (raw) milk products and untreated water. Common symptoms of E. coli poisoning include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, nausea and headache. People particularly at risk for serious E. coli illness and complications are the very young, the elderly or those with compromised immune systems.”

This is not the first time Taylor Farms has initiated a spinach recall. In May 2012, the firm recalled organic spinach because of a salmonella risk. And in November 2012, a recall of Fresh Express spinach was conducted by the FDA.

Products included in the latest spinach recall include:

Central Market Organics baby spinach
16 oz. trays, UPC 0-41220-18534-4
Sold in Texas

Full Circle Organic baby spinach
16 oz. trays, UPC 0-36800-28875-1
Sold in California

Full Circle Organic baby spinach
5 oz. trays, UPC 0-11110-91128-5
Sold in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Taylor Farms Organic baby spinach
16 oz trays, UPC 0-30223-04780-3
Sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Consumers with questions are invited to contact Taylor Farms on 855-293-9811.

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6 Responses to “Spinach Recall Issued Over E. Coli Contamination Fears”

  1. Anonymous

    3 recalls in less that a year…..I think this company needs to figure out the problem or close.

  2. Chrys Baker

    Fresh express is NOT Taylor, and has had recalls as well. It's just a precaution. They supply many very good foods so I don't believe they should close down because they are trying to be responsible. As for what is causing the potential problem, I think we should look at what we are offering ag companies for water and be much stricter with employees who are here from countries where hygiene isn't common. I fear workers whose hands are not clean in restaurants than I do companies that grow our food. If you only knew what lurks on the hands that cook our foods, you would eat at home most of the time!

  3. Chrys Baker

    Fresh Express is NOT part of Taylor Farms, and Fresh Express has also had recalls before! Be happy that a company has a sense of responsibility to report something like this even when it is costing them big time. Before you censure them, jlflick…, you may want to consider the water that ag companies have available to them to grow our food (may not be good water), and the hygiene of field workers who are required to wash their hands regularly. Personally, I would be much more afraid of eating in most restaurants where workers DO NOT wash their hands, and where the kitchens are very dirty than buying spinach from Taylor Farms. If you saw how the restaurants are run, you might never eat in another restaurant in your life!

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