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Pre-Washed Spinach May Not Be As Clean As You Think

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While the rinse used on spinach may be effective at cleaning dirt and debris from the leaves, it’s not necessarily effective at killing pathogens, thanks to the topography of the spinach leaves. Researchers at the University of California-Riverside tested different wash conditions on spinach contaminated with E. coli and measured the rates at which the… Continue Reading

Recalled California Spinach was Served at 10 South Carolina Schools

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Spinach that was served at 10 Lancaster County Schools in Lancaster, SC, has been recalled, according to a news report from WCSC-TV in Charleston, SC. The spinach was from Taylor Farms in Salinas, CA, which was recalled because of potential contamination with Listeria. The 10 schools included in the recall are A.R. Rucker Middle, Brooklyn Springs… Continue Reading

Schnucks Recalls Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad for Salmonella Risk

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Schnuck Markets Inc. of St. Louis, MO, is recalling the Chef’s Express California Pasta Salad sold in its Deli/Chef’s Express departments from April 2-14, 2015, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The product was distributed to 99 Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa. The product would have been… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know About Those Spinach-Related Recalls

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Over the past two weeks, foods sold at a number of major retailers, including Target, Costco and Wegmans, have been recalled for containing spinach at risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. While health authorities have not been able to trace back the contaminated spinach to a specific farm, all of the food products used spinach processed by… Continue Reading

WA Firm Recalls Four Brands of Frozen Spinach Sourced From CA

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Twin City Foods Inc. of Stanwood, WA, is recalling the following products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes: Cadia Organic Cut Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages UPC 15369 01165 Package code: 23424 Product distributed only in California Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages UPC 41250 02362 Package code:… Continue Reading

Frozen Ravioli With Spinach Recalled for Potential Listeria Contamination

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The Carmel Food Group of Hayward, CA, has announced the recall of certain Rising Moon Organics frozen ravioli items because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen ravioli products were produced with organic spinach which was found in test results performed by the spinach supplier to show the presence of Listeria. The recall was… Continue Reading

ISU Food Safety Campaign Focuses on Leafy Greens

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Because leafy greens such as lettuce and spinach are often a source of contamination, Iowa State University researchers are targeting their safe handling in an effort to protect older adults, who are particularly susceptible to severe illness or death in foodborne illness outbreaks. Dr. Susan W. Arendt, associate professor of hospitality management at Iowa State,… Continue Reading

Multiple Spinach Brands Recalled in Canada for Salmonella Contamination

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Three brands of bagged spinach — Frisco’s, Queen Victoria and Metro — have been recalled by Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd. because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products were distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and possibly other provinces. The identifying information for the packages is as follows: Marques commerciales Format Code(s) sur le… Continue Reading

California’s LGMA Changes Standards on Animal Intrusion Into Fields

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California’s Leafy Green Marketing Agreement announced a “significant change” on Thursday to its standards concerning animal intrusion into fields, according to LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall. Until now, leafy green growers have been advised to take measures to prevent a specific list of risky animals, such as deer or livestock, from intruding into lettuce, spinach and… Continue Reading

My Tour with Foodborne Illness Victims Through the Leafy Greens Industry

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My life changed forever in June 1996, when my two little sisters were stricken with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating “triple-washed, ready-to-eat” mesclun lettuce. At first, they suffered horrendous cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. While Chelsea soon recovered, Haylee — who was just three years old at the time — fell critically ill with hemolytic… Continue Reading