Latest Salad Recall Over Salmonella Fears: What You Need to Know

SpinachIt seems like salads just aren't safe these days. Last week Wegmans yanked packages of organic spinach and spring greens mix from its shelves in an E. coli scare. This week Fresh Express is recalling packages of spinach that may be contaminated with salmonella.

It's becoming such a regular thing, these greens recalls, that it's making me wonder if it's safe to eat any pre-packaged salads.


Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling 9-ounce bags of spinach with a use-by date of November 7 and product code S299B25 (both found on the upper right corner of the bag). The affected spinach was sold in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington State, and Wyoming.

If you've bought one of these bags of spinach, the FDA asks that you please throw it away and do not eat it. Fresh Express is offering customers a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall, but the scary part is that it was found during random testing. So it's entirely possible that people could have eaten the stuff and gotten very, very sick. Salmonella bacteria can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and other unpleasant things in healthy people. In children and the elderly, it's even more serious.

It's the second recall in a month from Fresh Express. In October they had to pull hearts of romaine bags from stores in the U.S. and Canada, also for salmonella contamination fears. What's going on here?

Do you worry about the safety of pre-packaged spinach?


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