Imported frozen spinach packaged under the Lidl brand is being recalled in nine states after testing showed positive results for Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

“The production of the product has been suspended while FDA and Frozen Food Development continue to investigate the source of the problem,” according to a recall notice from Frozen Food Development.

There is concern that consumers may have the product in their homes because of its long shelf life. The frozen spinach has a best-by date of Sept. 20, 2023.

The product comes in 12-ounce plastic bags and has a lot number of R17742 or R17963 on the back of the bags. The recalled frozen chopped spinach was distributed in Lidl retail stores in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

Routine testing revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the 12-ounce packages of the Lidl brand frozen chopped spinach, according to the recall notice. Freezing does not kill Listeria monocytogenes.

As of the posting of the recall notice no illnesses had been reported in connection with the spinach. 

Consumers are urged to return the spinach to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Lidl customer care at 844-747-5435.

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any of the recalled frozen spinach and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled product should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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