packaged spinach recall

Packaged Spinach Listeria Recall Affects 15 States

The Kroger Co., which is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, has announced a food recall for Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach packages. The spinach was sold in 10-ounce packages and is being recalled due to a potential listeria contamination.

The bags of spinach, supplied by California spinach supplier NewStar Fresh Foods, should not be consumed due to a positive test result for listeria. Testing was performed by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Though the bacteria was only found in only one bag, the Department and Kroger’s are using extreme caution in order to protect the public.

Though currently there have been no reported illnesses from the product, listeria can lead to severe sickness in some. Those with compromised immune systems, children and women who are pregnant can become severely ill if the bacteria are ingested. The listeria bacteria are killed by cooking but can continue to grow and multiply if kept in the refrigerator.

Symptoms of listeria poisoning start with diarrhea or intestinal issues and can lead to fever and muscle aches, with symptoms becoming progressively worse in those with weakened immune systems. Pregnant woman and their babies are most at risk; listeria is able to cause a miscarriage, premature delivery or even a fatal infection in a newborn.

packaged spinach recallThe Kroger Company is one of the world’s largest retail grocery chain operators with stores in 31 states. Under the Kroger umbrella are over 2,400 grocery and department stores and over 700 convenience stores. The company also owns 37 food processing plants throughout the United States.

The recall was undertaken at Kroger’s grocery stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan. Kroger also operates under the brand names of Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s and Food 4 Less. These store brand names were also recalling the spinach in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

Kroger’s stores have removed the affected product from the shelves and are placing signs in stores to help consumers become aware of the recall. Customers who have purchased the product may return it to a store for a full refund or replacement.

For further information, consumers can visit the Kroger recall site at: www.kroger.com/recall