Do you have a bag of spinach sitting around in your fridge? You may want to take a look at the code number on the bag.
According to the Food and Drug Associate, Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling bags of spinach due to concerns over salmonella. The recall comes after random tests performed by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development came back positive for the bacteria.
The bags in question have the codes A27409B and A27409A and the UPC number is 7143000976. The sell-by date on all affected bags is October 15.
The spinach was sold in 13 states: Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Dole has been reaching out to grocery stores in the affected states to make sure that they pull the product from their shelves. The FDA advises people who have bags of potentially contaminated spinach to throw them out.
Salmonella can result in severe stomach pains, nausea and diarrhea. Small children, the elderly and those with chronic health issues or compromised immune systems are more susceptible to the bacteria. For the particularly vulnerable, the bacteria can cause severe symptoms and may even result in death.
In the United States salmonella contamination is a reoccurring problem. It’s estimated that up to one million illnesses a year are a result of the bacteria, sending 19,000 people to the hospital annually. Most affected people suffer with symptoms for 4 to 8 days. While most recover, approximately 380 people in the United States die as a result of salmonella infections.