Fresh Express recalls spinach sold in 7 states over listeria fears


Bagged spinach recalled over listeria concerns


Bagged spinach recalled over listeria concerns

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Fresh Express, the salad mix maker behind two separate outbreaks that have affected more than 1,200 people in recent years, is now recalling two packaged spinach products sold by retailers in seven states because of possible listeria contamination.

The recalled spinach was sold by retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, Fresh Express said in a notice submitted by the Food and Drug Administration.

The latest recall of Salinas, Calif., subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International involves 8-ounce packages of Fresh Express Spinach with product code G332 and an expiration date of Dec. 15 and 9-ounce packages of Publix Spinach with product code G332 and an expiration date of Dec. 14.

Image of the front of the recalled Fresh Express Spinach package.

US Food and Drug Administration


The recalled Fresh Express Spinach carries the UPC code 0 71279 13204 4 and was distributed to retailers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

The recalled Publix Spinach carries the UPC code 0 41415 00886 1 and was distributed in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

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Image of a recalled Publix Spinach package.

US Food and Drug Administration


The recall comes after routine sampling by the Florida Department of Agriculture found listeria in a randomly selected package of spinach.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the young, frail or elderly, as well as those with weakened immune systems, the recall notice warned. Healthy people may suffer from short-term symptoms such as fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, as well as miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses related to the recalled products have yet been reported. The recalled products should not be eaten, but thrown away instead. Those who purchased the recalled greens can call Fresh Express at (800) 242-5472 between 8am and 7pm Eastern. Refunds are also available at the point of purchase.

Hundreds affected by Fresh Express salads

Fresh Express is the company behind it a 2018 outbreak of intestinal disease linked to salads sold at McDonald’s restaurants, resulting in 511 confirmed cases of cyclospora infections in 15 states and New York City. All 511 people were affected after eating salads from McDonald’s restaurants in the Midwest, according to to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There were no deaths, but 24 people were hospitalized, and McDonald’s switched to a different salad mix supplier as a result.

The FDA confirmed the presence of the cyclospora at a Fresh Express processing facility in Streamwood, Illinois.

In June 2020, Fresh Express recalled bags of lettuce produced at the Streamwood plant due to cyclospora infections that eventually infected 701 people in 14 states and hospitalized 38 people, according to CDC. No deaths were reported.

The following year, Fresh Express recalled 10 brands of salad mixes after listeria was found in a sample test of its products, with these items also produced at the company’s factory in Streamwood. The products were linked to an outbreak that hospitalized 10 and resulted in one death, according to CDC.

Recently, in April this year, Fresh Express recalled salad kit products produced in Morrow, Georgia, due to listeria concerns, with no reported illnesses.


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