According to the Food and Drug Administration, Dole Fresh Vegetables voluntarily recalls some of their sold bagged spinach due to salmonella contamination. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural development found positive results when conducting random tests.
The 13 states that sold the contaminated spinach are the following: Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Dole released a public statement about the Salmonella contamination and is contacting retailers to pull the product from their grocery stores.
No illnesses have been reported linked to the precautionary recall, but those who bought the product recently are still at risk. Neither Baby Spinach nor any other salads are included in the recall. If you purchased or are going to buy spinach, look at the bag for the code 27409B and A27409A. The UPC number is 7143000976. It has a sell-by date of October 15.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may experience fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, or abnormal pain. Young children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk for serious illness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated one million illnesses annually, hospitalizing 19,000 individuals per year in the United States.