E. coli fears spur spinach recall

Bagged baby spinach salads dated July 4 and 8 may have been contaminated, the company says.

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A California food producer is recalling its bagged spinach due to possible contamination.

Ready Pac Foods, Inc., of Irwindale, CA is recalling 702 cases of the baby spinach variety of "Spinach Temptations," six ounce bagged salads with "use by dates of July 4 and 8. The July 4 bags are stamped with product codes 11707B IR127121. July 8 bags bear product codes 12007B IR130373.

The produce is possibly contaminated with E. coli, according to the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The bagged spinach was sold in California, Washington and Arizona. No other Ready Pac Foods, Inc. products are included in the recall.

No illnesses related to these products have been reported, however Ready Pac has taken this action out of caution based on a confirmed positive result for E. coli in a random sample test conducted by the FDA.

E. coli may cause diarrhea, often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

Because it is still possible that products bearing the use-by dates of July 4 and 8 with the named product codes could be on store shelves, this recall extends to retailers as well as consumers.

The company is urging consumers to check their refrigerators for the recalled products.

Use-by dates are found in the upper left hand corner of the package with the product codes located immediately underneath. Customers who may have purchased the affected product are asked to record use-by dates and product codes, immediately dispose of the product, and contact the Ready Pac Consumer Affairs representative at 800-8007822.

For more information go to www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm218325.htm.

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