Another day, another recall. This time, it’s a Whole Foods spinach recall due to possible Salmonella contamination. The grocery chain used the now-recalled spinach (and mesclun too) in salads, pizzas, sandwiches and wraps sold in stores in eight states. Representatives from Whole Foods Market and Satur Farms of Cutchogue, New York (the spinach and mesclun supplier) did not immediately return Red Tricycle’s request for comment.

Following a Jan. 23 spinach and mesclun recall by Satur Farms, Whole Foods Market initiated a voluntary recall the following day for some of its prepared foods. Here’s what you need to know.

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Recall Product Description: Whole Foods Prepared Foods with Spinach & Mesclun

The current recall affects salads, pizza, sandwiches and wraps sold at Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. The affected pre-packaged products bear the Whole Foods Market scale label.

Hot bar and salad bar products that contain baby spinach (from the stores in the states listed) are also part of the recall. For a full list of recalled items, visit the FDA’s website here.

Why the Spinach and Mesclun Was Recalled

The Florida Department of Agriculture and the New York State of Agriculture identified possible Salmonella contamination in multiple lots of baby spinach and mesclun from Satur Farms. Salmonella is a potentially harmful microorganism that can cause severe GI pain, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

Following notification of the original baby spinach and mesclun recall, Whole Foods Market initiated their own recall of products that contain the greens. As of now, there are no reported cases of illnesses due to the recalled products.

How To Tell If Your Spinach or Mesclun Product Is Recalled

Again, the recall currently only affects products sold in Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island through Jan. 23, 2019. Visit the FDA’s website for a full list of recalled items, product codes and sell by dates.

What Parents Can Do

If you have any of the affected products in your home or have baby spinach or mesclun-containing items from a salad bar or hot bar in the states listed, discard the item immediately. Do not eat it. Bring your receipt to the store of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with additional questions can call 1-844-936-8255 from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday or between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

—Erica Loop



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