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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