Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is recalling select organic-baby spinach products because of concerns they may be contaminated with enterohaemorrhagic escherichia coli (EHEC).
States affected include AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,ID, IN, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, NV, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, and WY. Specific brands include: Central Market Organics, Marketside Organics, Simple Truth Organics and Taylor Farms Organics. See the list below.
Symptoms of EHEC include abdominal cramps and diarrhea, which may in some cases progress to bloody diarrhea, as well as fever and vomiting.
According to the company: “No other products or code dates are affected by this recall. The company is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding this recall. There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items.”
Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and throw them away. Anyone concerned about a foodborne illness should contact their health care provider.
According to a report released by ExpertRECALL™ today, food recalls documented by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) enforcement reports during the fourth quarter of 2012 reached a two year quarterly high, according to the ExpertRECALL™ Index released today. This activity represents an average rate of approximately six food recalls being documented every day in the fourth quarter, affecting some 18.4 million products, more than double the units affected in the previous quarter.
Of the recalled food products announced during the fourth quarter, 94 percent fell within the Class I designation as the units could cause serious health consequences or death. 165 of those recalls were related to issues stemming from a plant processing nut products. Salmonella concerns were the number one cause of food recalls followed by undeclared allergens or other allergen concerns.
"Right before FDA's announcement of two major requirements proposed under the Food Safety Modernization Act, the agency documented 552 food recalls, representing a 33 percent increase over the previous quarter and reaching the highest level of recall activity in more than two years," said Mike Rozembajgier, vice president of recalls at Stericycle ExpertRECALL. "As the agency continues to shift its focus towards prevention rather than simply reacting to foodborne illness outbreaks, we can expect the FDA to pay more attention to what companies are doing to ensure our food is safe and prevent recalls from occurring."
List of brands included in the baby spinach recall
- Central Market Organics 0rganic baby spinach in 16 oz. trays UPC number is 0-41220-18534-4 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in TX.
- Full Circle Organic organic baby spinach in 16 oz. trays UPC number is 0-36800-28875-1 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in CA.
- Marketside Organic organic baby spinach in 5 oz. trays UPC number is 6-81131-32898-2 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in AR,CO,LA,NM, OK, and TX.
- Simple Truth Organic organic baby spinach in 5 oz. trays UPC number is 0-11110-91128-5 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, LA, MO, MT, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, and WY.
- Taylor Farms Organic organic baby spinach in 16 oz. trays UPC number is 0-30223-04780-3 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,ID, IN, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, NV, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, and WY.