SALINAS, CA (Sept. 23)—A California company is recalling more than 1,700 cartons of recently harvested spinach after discovering salmonella, the California Department of Public Health said on last weekend.
Ippolito International reportedly detected the bacteria during routine testing. The spinach, which was harvested from Sept. 1 through 3, was packed in bunches of 12 or 24 inside wire-bound crates or reusable plastic containers. It was distributed to retail, foodservice and wholesale buyers in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and British Columbia, Ontario and Manitoba, Canada.
Although no illnesses have been reported in connection to the recall, contaminated spinach has the potential to cause widespread illness and even death.
Nearly three years ago, another massive spinach recall was issued due to contamination with E. coli bacteria. More than 200 people were sickened as a result of that contamination and three deaths were linked to consuming the tainted spinach.