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Organic baby spinach recall: February 2013

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Here we go again. Yet another spinach recall.

They have identified the usual suspect...Salmonella.

Should you be concerned? Well, if you shopped a Kroger's Fort Worth store and picked up a container of Simple Truth Organic's baby spinach, keep on reading.

Taylor Farms Inc. has voluntarily recalled their baby spinach in 39 states:

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.
Taylor Farms Inc.

Something you may not have considered is whether or not you can still use it instead of returning it to the store, or dumping it in the trash. Would you still be getting all the nutrition you're looking for when eating that spinach salad...if you cooked the spinach instead? Whether you want to eat cooked recalled spinach instead of getting rid of it is entirely your choice, but take a look at what is available in the cooked product:

And when it comes to certain minerals, you're better off eating your spinach cooked. Green vegetables such as spinach, beet greens and Swiss chard are high in calcium, but their high levels of a compound called oxalic acid binds calcium and reduce its absorption. Cooking releases some of the calcium that's bound to oxalic acid. Three cups of raw spinach, for example, have 90 milligrams of calcium, whereas one cup of cooked has nearly triple the amount (259 milligrams). Cooking vegetables also increases the amount of magnesium and iron that's available to the body.
The Globe And Mail

Of course, if you have a compromised immune system, are pregnant, or are of delicate health, you should take every precaution and remove potential food hazards from your diet.

And of course, there is always the option of growing your own. In light of all the recalls, it may be a viable alternative.

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