Foodborne Illness

Dole recalls bagged spinach due to salmonella risk

Dole Fresh Vegetables issued a voluntary recall of their bagged spinach on Tuesday due to possible salmonella contamination.

According to Food Safety News, a sample of Dole Spinach salad yielded a positive result for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development’s Laboratory Division.

The recalled product is coded A27409B & A27409A, with an “enjoy by” date of October 15 and UPC 7143000976. The product code and “enjoy by” date can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the package; the UPC code is on the back, below the barcode.

The affected products were distributed in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

At this time, no illness have been reported in association with the recall.

Consumers who have the product should not consume it but discard it. Retailers and consumers with questions are advised to  call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at (800) 356-3111, which is open from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday.

Exposure to salmonella can lead to salmonellosis, a bacteria foodborne illness that may cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever. Symptoms typically appear within 12 to 72 hours of exposure, and the illness usually last up to seven days, according to the USDA. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to develop a severe form of the illness

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