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Taylor Farms Recalls Organic Baby Spinach for Salmonella Risk

Taylor Farms Retail of Salinas, CA is recalling Organic Baby Spinach that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

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A random test conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on a finished package of spinach detected Salmonella, according to the recall alert.

The company says there have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled spinach. 

The recall is of:

- Private Selections Organic -Baby Spinach in a 5 oz. clamshell with UPC number 0-11110-91128-5 and package code TFRS 130B and 1503 KT34. The best-by date is 5-25-12. The spinach was distributed inAK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY.

- Private Selections Organic – Baby Spinach in a 5 oz. clamshell with UPC number  0-11110-91128-5 and package code TFRS 130B and 1803 KT34. The best-by date is 5-25-12. The spinach was distributed in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MT, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY.

- Marketside Baby Spinach – Organic in a 10 oz. clamshell with UPC number 6-8113132900-2 and package code TFRS130B16. The best-by date is 5-25-12. The spinach was distributed in AR, CO, ID, KS, LA, MO, MS, MT, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT, WY.

The recalled spinach was shipped from Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. on May 9 and May 10, 2012. 

The company says it is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding the recall. 

Customers who have purchased the recalled spinach are urged not to consume it and should dispose of it.

For more information on the recall contact Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. at 866-508-7048 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

Taylor Farms says consumers with concerns about an illness from consumption of this product should contact a health care provider.

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  • http://murrayhillfarm.com chuckmurray1

    Does Salinas, California mean salmonella in Spanish? Exactly how does salmonella enter an organic spinach field? Is it thru their processing methods? Far too many recalls come out of Salinas, California. Does an organic farm spread liquified manure onto it’s plants such as spinach and lettuce? Perhaps a small airplane operator that lives in Salinas could take some aerial photos of what’s going on in this part of the country?
    I hope Food Safety News would do an investigative report. Keep up the good work!

  • MicroNerd

    I think it’s important to note that this recall was due to the Microbiological Data Program, which is slated to be cut in 2013 – a reportedly “low impact” program.

  • angi

    Well, now I know I don’t just have the flu. Thanks farmers.
    Cramps, headaches, body aches, chills, nausea, fatigue…

  • schmangi

    Yeah, thanks ORGANIC farmers…with all your manure slathered all over everything…

  • Lisa

    My family and I have been eating this recalled spinach the past two days. Awesome.. No sickness so far. We would get sick right away, right?

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/contributors/mary-rothschild/ mrothschild

    For Salmonella, the incubation time — the time from eating a contaminated food to the beginning of symptoms — is typically 1-3 days, sometimes longer, according to the CDC. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are usually diarrhea, often with fever and abdominal cramps. The way to determine a Salmonella infection is through collection and lab testing of a stool sample.
    The greatest risk would come from eating contaminated spinach raw. Cooked spinach likely would not present a problem.

  • Jim

    “schmangi”– for your information you can turn your “thanks” toward conventional factory farmers — they’re the ones slathering manure all over everything….
    Organic farmers are the only ones Totally PROHIBITED from using raw manure on food crops.

  • http://www.foodsafetynews.com/contributors/mary-rothschild/ Mary Rothschild

    For Salmonella, the incubation time — the time from eating a contaminated food to the beginning of symptoms — is typically 1-3 days, sometimes longer, according to the CDC. Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning are usually diarrhea, often with fever and abdominal cramps. The way to determine a Salmonella infection is through collection and lab testing of a stool sample.
    The greatest risk would come from eating contaminated spinach raw. Cooked spinach likely would not present a problem.

  • ICBM

    OK Jim, how did fecal bacteria contaminate organic spinach…again? Had to be some manure, albeit “prohibited”, smeared on something somewhere. How can an organic farm’s principal source of fertilizer be “prohibited” and who is watching to see manure is never used and what happens to a grower who gets caught using it…if anyone is even watching? No Jim, I think we all know how this organic stuff is grown in heaps of dung fertilizer then picked and packed by people who have just come in from pitching more dung onto the heap. That’s the whole organic philosophy, isn’t it? That’s why I pay twice as much for food that’s been produced “naturally” in a dung heap without dreadful “artificial” fertilizers, isn’t it Jim? Isn’t that the organic credo? And it’s the conventional farmers using all that unnaturally sterile artificial fertilizer, isn’t it Jim? You must have it backwards because it is conventional farmers with terrible awful artificial fertilizer and organic farmers with good, rich natural manure fertilizers. I think Jim doesn’t know anything about organic farming.

  • Jim

    Ha “ICBM” -
    1. With the 2006 baby spinach outbreak (not organic by the way) the E.coli vector was never pinpointed. High on the official source list was a nearby conventional cattle operation shedding virulent E coli. Although feral hogs were considered a possible vector, manure could have easily blown into the spinach field as dust, or flooded in from rainfall. (Must be nice living down wind or down stream from a factory farm feedlot operation where tens of thousands of cattle are shedding TONS of toxic E coli on a daily basis)
    No spinach contamination outbreak reports fingered farmers spreading manure, as you do, however. Must be another one of your usual spurious conjectures…
    2.Organic farmers are prohibited from using raw manure, period. Organic farmers are tested and inspected by USDA accredited Certifiers.They are liable for prosecution and loss of Certification if caught. And raw manure use on crops isn’t hidden away in some CAFO barn where it can only be outed by an undercover employee — but is out in the open for all to see. If you have documented evidence of fraud — then turn it over — otherwise You’re the fraud — just blowing smoke with more spurious conjecture.
    BTW — Conventional farmers can and do use raw manure any time, willy-nilly, on food crops, with no regulation.
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    3. You want to opt for nice “sterile artificial fertilizer”?? Just where do you think that comes from?? Food grade chemicals???
    Answer: the industrial chemical waste stream. The dirty (big) secret is that chemical fertilizers often contain toxic waste. Comes in a bag though, so it must be all clean and “scientific”.
    Or you can opt for sewage sludge — prohibited for Organic but a widely used cheap alternative for some conventional cropping systems. But Oh — in addition to treated human waste, sewage sludge also includes effluent from industrial waste streams — all easily taken up by crops, BTW.
    Glad you’re so knowledgeable about farming methods, ICBM — keep up the good work…