Wednesday August 29, 2007 (Foodconsumer.org) -- A California produce company Wednesday August 29, 2007 issued a recall of bagged fresh spinach due to possible contamination of salmonella.
Metz Fresh LLC of King City, California recalled the spinach after one sample from one of three packing lines tested positive for salmonella.
No illness associated with consuming the spinach has been reported. The company recalled the product as a precaution the same day it tested positive.
One last recall of fresh spinach due to salmonella contamination occurred July 31, 2006. The affected spinach was recalled by Classic Salads of Salinas, CA. No injury associated with eating that baby spinach was reported.
The spinach affected by the current recall was distributed throughout 48 states and Canada and sold both to consumers and food service establishments.
In total, 8,118 cases of spinach packed in the same day were suspected to be tainted with salmonella and subject to the recall. But the company said more than 90 percent of cases were on hold and would not be released.
The recalled packages carry tracking codes: 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314. The spinach was packaged in 10- and 16-ounce bags, 4-pound cartons and cartons that contain four 2.5-pound bags.
Consumers may call Metz Fresh at 831-386-1018 if they have any questions.
Salmonella is the most common cause of food-borne illness in the United States. Salmonella can harbor in raw poultry, eggs, beef, and sometimes on unwashed fruit and vegetables including spinach.
Common symptoms of salmonella illness include fever, diarrhea, abdominal cramps and headache, which usually last 4 - 7 days. Most people get better without antibiotic treatment, but the elderly, infants and people with chronic conditions may develop serious conditions. In rare cases, salmonella gets into the bloodstream and the illness can be serious, or even life-threatening.
In the U.S., 40,000 cases of salmonella infections and 600 deaths from the illness are reported each year. Mild conditions are often not reported, so the actual cases of infection should be much greater.
Metz Fresh LLC: http://www.metzfresh.com/