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Cartons of spinach recalled for possible salmonella

Press Release

ATLANTA - Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin alerts consumers to the  recall of some fresh bunch spinach -- packaged in California, distributed nationally and exported to Canada.  The product may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Ippolito International, LP, Salinas, Calif., is recalling 1,715 cartons of bunched spinach because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

The recall comes after routine random testing of bunched spinach collected and analyzed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture.

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections among children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.   Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

The recall is limited to 1,715 cartons, 1,515 of which bear the "Queen Victoria" brand label.  The product was distributed to retail, foodservice and wholesale buyers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and New York.  In Canada, the spinach was distributed in British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba. 

Two hundred cartons of the product were packed in the "Tubby" label and were distributed in California and New York to retail and wholesale customers.

The "Queen Victoria" product was packed in cardboard cartons with "Spinach" printed on the side panel, in wire bound crates or reusable plastic containers. The product was harvested Sept. 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

The 12- and 24-count spinach bunches were bound with a twist tie which says "Queen Victoria Spinach Produce of USA PLU 4090 UPC 33383 65200."

The cartons were labeled with the following Code Date Stickers which can be located on the outside edge panel of the carton. The stickers read:

10522441 5  205, (Harvested September 1, 2009)
10522451 5  205, (Harvested September 2, 2009)
10522461 5  205, (Harvested September 3, 2009)

The "Tubby" product was packed in cardboard cartons with "Tubby" printed on the side panel. The cartons were labeled with the following code date stickers located on the outside edge panel of the carton. The stickers read:

10522451 5  205, (Harvested September 2, 2009)

The 24-count spinach bunches packed in the "Tubby" label were distributed in California and New York. They were bound with a generic bunched spinach twist tie which reads "Spinach Produce of USA PLU 4090 UPC 33383 65200."

Consumers are urged to check their fresh bunch spinach to determine if the specific Code Date Sticker on their package matches that of the recall product.

Those with the "Queen Victoria" or "Tubby" bunched spinach are to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at (831) 772-9991.

Source: Georgia Department of Agriculture

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