If you're on a health kick, just make sure you don't have recalled spinach
This year has been the year of recalls. Cheerios, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Sabra hummus, Amy’s Kitchen, a whopping 14 different water brands . . . yeesh. And now, your latest health kick could give you salmonella. . . if it includes spinach, that is.
In a statement on Tuesday, Dole Fresh Vegetables announced a recall of some of its bagged spinach — not baby spinach, nor any other salads, just spinach — that was distributed in 13 states. Why? Because a random sample tested positive for salmonella, something that no one wants in their leafy greens. No illnesses have yet been reported, but Dole is playing it safe and warning its consumers to throw away bags that may be infected. 2,800 cases — or 33,600 bags — of spinach were involved in the recall.
“The FDA told us about the test yesterday and we immediately began recalling the product,” company spokesman William Goldfield told USA TODAY on Wednesday. “I believe the FDA is going through the plant right now, and we expect to get back up and running soon.”
If you live in any of the following states, it’s possible that your spinach is one of the bags being recalled: Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin. If you are on this list, don’t fret. Grab your bag and check the “Enjoy By” date. If it’s October 15, and has a code of A27409B or A27409A, toss that bag in the trash immediately; if not, you’re good.
If you believe you have eaten infected spinach, watch out for the signs of salmonella, which Dole highlights in its statement:
If you have any questions, call Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111 anytime between 8:00 am to 3:00 pm (PT) Monday through Friday. But really, if there is any possibility in your mind of contracting salmonella from the recall, head over to your doctor ASAP, and read Dole’s entire statement here. Stay safe and stay healthy, folks.
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