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Fresh Express Recalls Spinach Due to Salmonella Risk

Screen shot 2011-04-05 at 2.46.33 PM.pngFresh Express is voluntarily recalling 2,939 cases of 9 oz. Bag Spinach with Product Codes starting with H081 and H082, UPC Code of 7127913204 and Use-by Dates of April 6 and 7 out of an abundance of caution due to a positive result for Salmonella from random sample testing.

The company is not aware of any illnesses reported in connection with the recall and no other Fresh Express products are included in the recall.

Consumers who have purchased the product should not consume it, but rather discard it and contact their retailer for a full refund. Consumers with questions may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472, Monday – Friday, 5 a.m. – 8 p.m., Pacific Time. Consumers can find the Product Code and Use-by Date in the upper right-hand corner of the package and the UPC Code in the lower left on the reverse side of the package.

Retailers should remove the identified 9 oz. Bag Spinach (Product Code starting with H081 and H082, UPC Code of 7127913204 and Use-by Dates of April 6 and 7) from store shelves and inventories. Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting retailers to ensure the precautionary recall is executed swiftly. The identified 9 oz. Bag Spinach was distributed to seven states with the potential for redistribution by customers to an additional seven states as follows:

* Distribution: Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Ohio and Maine.

* Possible Redistribution: New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware, Vermont, New Hampshire, West Virginia and DC.

Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms may include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. Anyone can contract Salmonella infection but the risk is greatest in young children, elderly persons, and persons with lowered natural resistance to infection due to pregnancy, cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other diseases.

No illnesses are reported at this time and Fresh Express is coordinating closely with regulatory officials.

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Bummer for Fresh Express. Saw them on Undercover Boss. Seems like they have gotten their act together in terms of food safety. Glad they caught this before anyone got sick (hopefully).

  • Dr. Rick Falkenberg

    I am a food processing professional and I do not understand why we continued positive results for pathogens.
    Food safety practices can change, why is chlorine and other “not stable” sanitizers continued to be used?
    There has been leafy vegetable summits and money invested and changes were to be announced?
    Sanitizer cost vs. consumer safety is still the issue…

  • Bill Anderson

    If I am to believe Dr. Falkenberg’s above comment, this would imply that the large industrial spinach packagers are treating the spinach with some kind of chemical sanitizer.
    Personally, I’d rather get my spinach locally, from a farmer who doesn’t do this. I’m not aware of any spinach outbreaks from small local farms. I’m also not aware of any small local farms who treat their spinach with sanitizers, thankfully. I prefer to eat food not treated with chemicals.

  • Mad Mother

    I just bought two bags and had already ate one of them. I have ulcerative colitis, so if I get this poisoning on top of that, it could land me in the hospital. I’m SICK to death of what is going on with America’s pathetic food supply issues, NO EXCUSES!!!

  • Hate to burst your bubble, but there have been outbreaks of locally grown, organic spinach and lettuce.

  • Bill Anderson

    Perhaps you are right, but surely they were not as large and did not affect as many people.
    Discussion about the unintended long-term consequences of the sterilization of our food supply, particularily as it relates to chemical treatment of food:

  • Mad Mother

    Oh wait… I think I have it figured out. Monsanto must be working on a Salmonella-free GMO strand of spinach, maybe they’ll stick some more jelly fish DNA in there and get the spinach to glow alien green!!!! (Sorry sarcasm at work ;)