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Recalled Salmonella Spinach Sent To Dozen States, Canada

Posted by Jane Akre
Monday, September 21, 2009 11:16 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Foodborne Illness, Public Health, Peanut Butter, Salmonella, Industrialized Agriculture, FDA

Salmonella tainted spinach found before it hit store shelves and part of a massive 12 state recall.

Salinas Spinach



IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ spinach/ author: Nillerdk

Two brands of bunched spinach from California have tested positive for the bacteria, salmonella.

The California Department of Public Health has identified the contamination among the greens grown by Ippolito International of Salinas. So far 1,715 cartons of spinach have been recalled. No illnesses have been reported.

The spinach was harvested earlier this month and sold to wholesale, retail, and to food service companies.

Look for the “Queen Victoria" label.

States receiving the salmonella spinach include, California, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and in Canada, British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba.

A test by the Michigan Department of Agriculture found the food borne bacteria.

Also affected is the “Tubby” label of spinach distributed in California and New York, reports AP.

Look for 12-count and 24-count bunches in cardboard boxes. “Spinach” is printed on the crate.

In July, the Obama administration issued a draft guidance for improved food safety and to find tainted food earlier.

Salmonella sickness affects the intestinal tract with a bacterial infection that can cause cramps, bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and fever. If the salmonella organism infects the bloodstream it can produce more severe illness such as arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis. The very young and those with a compromised immune system are most at risk.

Ippolito International identified the harvest lot and all buyers who received the product. No other product should remain in inventory, says the FDA.

In the past year, salmonella has contaminated peppers, peanut butter, melons, beef, spinach, and green onions.

Salmonella bacteria come from the intestinal tract of animals, birds, reptiles and insects. People can be contaminated from pet turtles, farm animals, and pets, and should always wash their hands after petting animals.

A leading theory is that the contamination comes from concentrated industrial agriculture or “factory-farms” and the feces containing run-off then contaminates nearby agricultural fields.

More from the FDA on the spinach lot numbers:

The 12 and 24 count spinach bunches were bound with a twist tie which says "Queen Victoria Spinach Produce of USA PLU 4090 UPC 33383 65200."

The cartons were labeled with the following Code Date Stickers which can be located on the outside edge panel of the carton. The stickers read as follows:

5 205
(Harvested September 1, 2009)

5 205
(Harvested September 2, 2009)

5 205
(Harvested September 3, 2009)

The "Tubby" product was packed in cardboard cartons with "Tubby" printed on the side panel. The cartons were labeled with the following Code Date Stickers which can be located on the outside edge panel of the carton. The stickers read as follows:

5 205
(Harvested September 2, 2009)

The 24 count spinach bunches packed in the "Tubby" label were distributed in California and New York. They were bound with a generic bunched spinach twist tie which says "Spinach Produce of USA PLU 4090 UPC 33383 65200." #

1 Comment

Anonymous User
Posted by S Trend
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 1:24 AM EST

I am finding it VERY FRUSTRATING that altho Federal and state agencies have been notified of the following.... it is STILL NOT BEING INVESTIGATED!!!!

The EPA’s, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division preprinted Form; 8570-6 [which is sent to biopesticide manufacturing companies] states:
After fermentation and prior to further processing, each batch must have been tested or the following microbial contaminates and have levels below those listed:
E. coli/ Coliform Bacteria
Why in the world would the EPA have any concerns of the above microorganisms being in ANY biocontrol product?
What is being deemed as being a safer and environmentally friendly form of insect and disease control compared to “chemicals” should raise a question in everyone’s mind. Of course, time will tell, won’t it? Unfortunately, when the damage is done it is just that, done. There is going to be no turning back.

And FYI, MOST of the e-coli and salmonella found in our food is coming from California... the hub of bio-pesticides, bio-insecticides, bio-fungicides, etc.: products (living fungus and bacteria) that are sprayed on food crops and used for insect control.

The California company where my son worked; AND GOT SICK after 5 months and 9 days on the job, has a manufacturing plant that produces the above products in MEXICO. This too has been reported to Government officials.

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