Spinach Recall 2012 Over Salmonella: Are You At Risk?

By Amir Khan on November 9, 2012 2:55 PM EST

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A Spinach recall has been initiated by salad company Fresh Express over concerns of salmonella, a potentially deadly foodborne illness. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A Spinach recall has been initiated by salad company Fresh Express over concerns of salmonella, a potentially deadly foodborne illness. The salads, which come in bags and are labeled as "prewashed," tested positive for salmonella under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's random sample testing program.

Although Fresh Express initiated the spinach recall, the Food and Drug Administration stressed that no one has gotten sick from the salmonella-tainted spinach yet.

"No illnesses or consumer complaints have been reported to Fresh Express at this time in association with this recall," the FDA said. "No other Fresh Express products are subject to this recall."

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The bags affected by the spinach recall are 9 ounces and have the product code S299B25 and have a "use by" date of November 7. The bags were shipped to Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Symptoms of salmonella include diarrhea, which can be bloody, and abdominal cramps with little or no fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms generally last a week but can be more serious or even deadly in children, the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.

Consumers affected by the spinach recall are urged to throw out their bags and call (800) 242-5472 for a full refund.

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