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Taylor Farms Retail Inc. announced in an online statement that it was
voluntarily recalling some Organic Baby Spinach
products due to possible contamination with Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC), a bacteria that can cause severe infection leading to abdominal
cramps, vomiting and (sometimes hemorrhagic) diarrhea.
EHEC can also lead to a sometimes fatal disease known as Hemolytic Uremic
Syndrome, which causes kidney failure and nervous system problems,
especially in children and the elderly.
The recalled spinach is being sold in the
following 39 states across the country: Wyoming, Wisconsin,
Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, Pennsylvania,
Oklahoma, New York, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, North
Carolina, Montana, Mississippi, Minnesota, Missouri, Maryland,
Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii,
Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, California, Arizona, Arkansas,
Alabama, Alaska, Washington and Oregon.
The spinach that is being recalled is being
sold in 5-oz and 16-oz trays under the following names: Central
Market Organics, Full Circle Organics, Marketside Organics, Simple Truth
Organics and Taylor Farms Organic. All the recalled spinach has a "best
by" date of February 24, 2013, Taylor Farms said.
Click here to see the Universal Product Code numbers
(UPCs) for the recalled products.
The company, which said
the recall was a "precautionary measure," says anyone with one of
these products should not eat it and should throw it away. For more
information, contact Taylor Farms at 855-293-9811.
outbreak of EHEC in 2011 infected over 1,100 people in Germany, causing six
deaths, according to the World Health Organization.
This isn't the first (or even the second) time Taylor Farms has had
to recall its spinach after selling it to supermarkets. Last year the
company voluntarily recalled its Organic Baby Spinach after
a test by the USDA found there was a potential of salmonella
And in 2011 it was forced to recall over 3,200 bags of salad greens, also
because of potential salmonella contamination, after an inspector
with the Washington Department of Agriculture conducted a random test on a bag of spinach.[HuffingtonPost]