The Horton Fruit Company, Inc., of Louisville, Kentucky, recalled two types of bagged spinach due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning.
There are no reports of any illnesses related to the recalled product.
The recalled bags of spinach were sold in North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia and distributed through retail stores, wholesale and foodservice distributors.
The following products were recalled:
- PEAK Fresh Curly Leaf Spinach: 10-ounce bag, “Best If Used By 05/11/17” and UPC 0-78951-50002-3
- PEAK Fresh Curly Leaf Spinach: 2.5-lb. bags of fresh spinach. Orange sticker dated “05/13/17. Case Label pack-date of “05/01/17.”
- Harris Teeter FARMER’S MARKET brand Ready-To-Eat Leaf spinach: Best If Used By 05/11/17. UPC 0-72036-88023-9.
Horton was alerted to the potential contamination by their supplier partners. The company has stopped distribution while they conduct an internal investigation into what caused the problem.
According to Michael Wise, President of Horton Fruit Co.:
We are treating this incident very seriously because we want to ensure that our customers are provided with only the safest, most wholesome, and high-quality products available.”
Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning, especially in young children, older adults, and people with vulnerable immune systems. Pregnant women may have no symptoms of infection other than a miscarriage or stillbirth.
Healthy individuals may suffer symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting.