On March 22, 2015, the Food and Drug Administration issued a recall for approximately 73,897 cases of select Amy’s Kitchen brand products containing organic spinach, which may contain Listeria. The select code dates and manufacturing codes were identified in the FDA report. Among the recalled products were the Vegetable Lasagna, Tofu Scramble, Garden Vegetable Lasagna, Tofu Vegetable Lasagna, Enchilada Verde, and Spinach Pizza.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause illness and sometimes death in young children, the elderly, pregnant women, or people with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, vomiting, nausea, general muscle stiffness, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
An article by Food and Safety News reports that Amy’s Kitchen was not aware of any illness reports at the time of the recall, but was moving forward with the recall as a precaution for its consumers.
The recalled products were distributed in stores across the United States and Canada.
Amy’s Kitchen is one of the most highly recognizable brands of all-organic and non-GMO foods. According to a previous article by the Inquisitr, this ranks the company as fifth among all frozen food brands.
The company had recently been in the news for announcing that it plans on opening an all vegetarian, entirely organic fast food restaurant. The goal of the new concept is to change the way people think about food and to change the way that they eat. These changes could lead to a healthier community of people, which would be a great benefit to the consumers, as well as insurance companies. The new restaurants will be modeled after a typical fast food drive-thru. Amy’s Kitchen plans on offering healthier options of milkshakes, pizza, burgers, french fries, and burritos.
In a report issued by the Wiley Online Library in 2011, it was stated that obesity in America accounts for 0.7 percent to 2.8 percent of the United Stated total healthcare expenditures. Obese patients were also found to have medical costs up to 30 percent higher than the average American patient, due to illnesses and injuries related to their obesity.
Amy’s Kitchen plans to open its first restaurant this spring in California. According to the Press Democrat, the new restaurant will be located in Rohnert Park, one block away from an In-N-Out Burger and directly across the street from a McDonald’s that is also being built.
The company is encouraging any customers who purchased the recalled items to return them to the store for an exchange or a full refund. Any questions related to the recall can be directed to the Amy’s Kitchen customer service department (707) 781-7535, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time.