The Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain is recalling certain fresh bagged washed spinach sold earlier this month in its stores in California, Nevada and Arizona because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
A random sample test, conducted on behalf of the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), found one bag of the spinach was confirmed to be positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
No illnesses have been reported.
The recalled spinach was sold in 12 oz. (340 g) plastic bags under the f&e™ brand with 20001124 and an “enjoy by” (the company’s term for use by) date of Oct. 16. If consumers still have this expired product in their homes, they should immediately dispose of it.
Customers may return the empty product bag or present the receipt as proof of purchase of the recalled product to any Fresh & Easy store for a full refund. Consumers who have questions or concerns about this recall should contact the Fresh & Easy 24-hour toll free number at 1 (800) 648-8622.
Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection in pregnant women can cause miscarriages and stillbirths.