April 22, 2018

Fresh Spinach Recalled for Possible Listeria Contamination

The Horton Fruit Company is voluntarily recalling bags and containers of fresh spinach because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. There have been no reports of illness associated with this issue.

The spinach was distributed in North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia, through retail stores, wholesale and foodservice distributors. The recalled products include 10 ounce bags of PEAK brand Fresh Curly Leaf Spinach with a best if used by date of 05/11/17. The UPC number is  0-78951-50002-3. Also recalled is 2.5 pound bags of PEAK brand fresh spinach with an orange sticker dated “05/13/17” and a case label pack date of 05/01/17. Finally, 10 ounce bags of Harris Teeter Farmer’s Market brand ready-to-eat leaf spinach is recalled. That product has a best if used by date of 05/11/17 and UPC number 0-72036-88023-9.

If you purchased these products, do not eat them, even if you plan to cook the spinach. Throw it away in a sealed or double bagged package, or take it back to the place of purchase for a refund.

Clean out your refrigerator with a mild bleach solution after getting rid of the spinach to kill any remaining bacteria. If you ate this product, watch yourself for the symptoms of listeriosis for the next 70 days. Those symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Pregnant women may only be mildly ill with what seems like the flu, but listeriosis can cause stillbirth, miscarriage, premature labor, and infection in the newborn. If you do feel sick, see your doctor.

PEAK Spinach Listeria Recall

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