Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. is recalling select Organic Baby Spinach products over concerns they may be contaminated with (EHEC) Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Symptoms of the diseases caused by EHEC include abdominal cramps and diarrhea that may in some cases progress to bloody diarrhea. Fever and vomiting may also occur. According to a company press release distributed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the products being recalled are as follows: -Central Market Organics 0rganic baby spinach in 16 oz. trays UPC number is 0-41220-18534-4 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in TX. -Full Circle Organic organic baby spinach in 16 oz. trays UPC number is 0-36800-28875-1 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in CA. -Marketside Organic organic baby spinach in 5 oz. trays UPC number is 6-81131-32898-2 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in AR,CO,LA,NM, OK, and TX. -Simple Truth Organic organic baby spinach in 5 oz. trays UPC number is 0-11110-91128-5 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, LA, MO, MT, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, and WY. -Taylor Farms Organic organic baby spinach in 16 oz. trays UPC number is 0-30223-04780-3 with a best by date of February 24, 2013 – this product was distributed in AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA,ID, IN, IL, KS, KY, LA, MD, MO, MN, MS, MT, NC, NE, NM, NV, NJ, NY, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI, and WY. According to the company: “No other products or code dates are affected by this recall. The company is cooperating with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding this recall. There have been no reported illnesses attributed to the recalled items.” Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume the products and should dispose of them. Anyone concerned about a foodborne illness should contact their health care provider.

  • husna

    Time and again Spinach and Lettuce have been implicated as a source of E.coli. Facilities that cater to the vulnerable population need to “rethink the salad bar”. 

  • Grow at home. Use rain to water your garden.
    Don’t get sick.

  • Mike_Mychajlonka_PhD

    On its website, Taylor Farms claims to use an extensive, state of the art washing system.  Apparently, all this washing did not prevent a serious pathogen from getting into and persisting within this leafy green.  This failure seems noteworthy because washing is how the government recommends that consumers protect themselves from the possibility that pathogens are lodged in their produce.  Yet, nothing the consumer could do at home would seem to even approach the stringency of the wash procedures already employed by Taylor Farms.  Are consumers being misled?  It seems to me that the real issue here is the source of the fertilizer used to grow this crop.  Does anyone have any information on this point?

    • Years ago I was so horrified by the spinach-related e. coli outbreak. Swore i would never buy “bagged” lettuces…especially spinaches. Well, shopping at Sam’s last week I decide to try a container of the Taylor organic baby spinach….fed it to the family ( 3 & 5 year-olds) and get a message yesterday about the recall. Doh!! Looks like we are all fine but now I will never ever ever ever buy bagged spinach / lettuces again.
      Something I wonder about – I assume because we are a romaine family that washes each individual leaf before eating it is safe. BUT, when e. coli is present that means it’s in contact with the soil and the water that feeds the lettuce which means it’s INSIDE the leaves, correct? No amount of washing will fix that right?

  • United Fresh can’t blame MDP on this one, it was shut down 31 Dec 2012 thanks to lobbying efforts of United Fresh.   Getting rid of MDP didn’t stop contamination or as United Fresh found out, that pathogens didn’t stop being found in produce and recalls happen.    Maybe having MDP wasn’t such a bad thing.

  • karrie1914

    6-81131-32898-2 this batch was also distributed in MO. I just checked mine and through it out.

  • Be careful what you consume. Please go to FDA website before you purchase groceries??? Most things consumers purchase they dont know its a problem until after consumption. Keep in mind for everything in LIFE> “Everything that glitters aint gold?????

  • I feel everyone should check with FDA before grocery shopping. Your local Heath Department is open to the public online where you can find restaurants, stores, and most businesses  which may not be to standard. I worked in the fields in my younger life and is absolutely sure:  washing your hands was not required. Ecoli is passed on to our food  chain  via human feces. (human poop)  I feel this should be a felony . How low can you go>Just remember my fam & friends “Every thing thing that glitter is not GOLD. In most cases no one find out about these problems until after consumption.

  • This is messed up! You would think buying ORGANIC was better…

    • Organic just means fertilized with manure and harvested by hand.  Organics are not safer, better, more nutritious, tastier (except that they tend to be more regional, and therefore harvested closer to the sale date), etc.  Just higher priced.

      • unschoolcool

         To be certified organic they cannot use dangerous chemical  fertilizers or pesticides, nor can the soil test positive for them.  This is important because it keeps even more dangerous pathogens out of our air and water and food.  These things change our DNA and may contribute to the huge rise in neurological conditions in our children.  E coli is bad, but it is nothing compared to what genetically modified, pesticide and chemically treated food that accumulates in our cells making each generation worse and worse.  Mercury in fish is one example of how this problem multiplies…

      • Michael Bulger

        Actually, organic doesn’t mean either of those things necessarily. Organic fertilizer is often compost, but when it is raw manure it undergoes stricter food safety standards than conventional farming that uses manure. (Many conventional farms use manure.) I don’t know where Victoria got the idea that organic means harvested by hand. That’s a new myth, as far as I know. In any case, it is myth and not fact.

        It’s seems like Organic 101 would be useful for Victoria. You can try these USDA websites to try and get a bit of foundational knowledge about what organic means.



        (And by the way, “Taylor Farms” is one of or the largest certified organic produce businesses. They produce large amounts of products for corporations like Wal-Mart, and they have come under scrutiny for being industrial-style organic.)

      • farmber

        Actually, unlike the conventional food system — organic regulations prohibit using raw manure on crops. 

      • TotalHealth234

        If you believe that organic is not superior to the non-organic GMO alternative, then you have not done your homework!!  This is what happens when Organic is made on corporate huge farms.  The vast majority of the time the recalls are NOT on organic products, and YES they are safer, better and taste better and more nutritious.  Many times the organic products cost just a little more than the conventional when i check prices.  

      • SmartLadyVegan

         They are better for you//they just can be contaminated just like anything else…

  • Ben Mark

    You can see again how much worth the LGA and the certifications are. They are not even worth the paper that’s used for.

  • TotalHealth234

    Spinach is super easy to grow, so when the ground thaws, grow some spinach and avoid the store bought.  If you grow it organically,  I guarantee you WILL taste the difference. (no miracle grow)   

  • Sierra Green

    I got very sick one hour after eating a salad containing Simple Truth spinach monday 2/11. I was horribly sick with food poisoning for 3 days and could not eat for 2 days after.
    Now I’m okay, but scared to eat vegetables…

    • Mike_Mychajlonka_PhD

      If someone were to tell you that you could buy a device with which to sanitize the leafy greens you brought home from the store, would you buy it for yourself or feel that it was the the store’s or the producer’s job to deliver safe food to you?  If you were willing to buy such a device, what would you be comfortable paying?

      • When I was a kid we lived in Mexico and many Americans would use some type of tablets dissolved in water to clean fruits and vegies but not sure what that was. Possibly worst than germs on the fruit!? I too have been looking into whether E.c0li enters into plants thru its roots and suspect the responses you received claiming it does not travel into the leaves. Consumers are fools if they rely on stores and producers to thoroughly clean food on the surface before they eat it. A device that could be proven to truly clean the exterior would be an interesting item, although a salad spinner and dawn comes to mind. I have decided to grow my own vegetables and solve both issues.  

  • Cat

    Jeez…..most people would of ate it by now.

  • Cat

    Tell us what the container packaging looks like.

  • dmontgomery16

    Mine doesn’t say organic but it is baby spinach from Marketside dated 2/28/13 bought at a Phoenix, AZ Walmart. Is that the next to be reported??? Should I discard this batch also?

  • dmontgomery16

    I have a Marketside baby spinach but the date is 2/28/2013, bought at Walmart, Phoenix, Arizona. Is there a possibility that this batch is contaminated also. Should I discard it just to be extra cautious?

    • terri

      If you think theres any possibility of contamination just toss it out. Its not worth it.

  • Gina

    Wasn’t this last year? date 2013?

  • DDK

    Just an fyi, the best if use by date for the Central Market UPC on my product is Feb 15th with the UPC 0-41220-18534-4 so don’t just look at the expiration date. Ugh!

  • antidote

    Growing your own is the best way to avoid illness from widely used pesticides (YES! Organic farms DO use toxic pesticides, such as Rotenone.) It is made from natural plant materials, but is definitely toxic. It’s toxicity becomes weaker over several days, but it is still toxic to humans.
    Using “heirloom” pesticides (like ladybugs, chrysanthemums around the garden, NO manure) lessens the chance of illness or toxic poisons.
    A 6′ x 6′ garden space is large enough to feed a family of 4 people! And altho there is work involved, it’s fun! Your kids will love it! And they learn how food actually grows! Any plants that are impacted by cutting worms (like tomatoes), place a tin can that has both ends cut out of it into the soil around the small plant or the seed. The can stops those little cutter worms in their tracks, and your garden grows beautifully! Try it out.