Veggie-haters may have an excuse not to eat their spinach (and Popeye, if you’re reading this, put down the greens). Bunches of the iron-rich produce are being recalled following random testing that found salmonella contamination.
Ippolito International distributed the affected spinach in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, Canada, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
The spinach was labeled with the “Queen Victoria" or "Tubby" brand and are bunched with twist ties reading “Queen Victoria Spinach Produce of USA PLU 4090 UPC 33383 65200” or “Spinach Produce of USA PLU 4090 UPC 33383 65200.”
Consumers are urged to throw out the recalled spinach or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers can contact the company at (831)772-9991 with any questions.
The tests indentifying salmonella contamination were conducted by the USDA Microbial Data Program at the Michigan Department of Agriculture. About 1,715 cartons of spinach have been recalled. No related illnesses have been reported.
Salmonella can cause serious and even fatal infections in young children or those with weakened immune systems and cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain in healthy individuals.
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