Fresh Express has issued a recall of Fresh Express Spinach, 8-ounce size, with product code G332 and a use-by date of Dec. 15, and Publix Spinach, 9-ounce size, with product code G332 and a use-by date of Dec. 14 because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The two recalled spinach

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Fresh Express Inc. is recalling three varieties of branded and private-label salad kit products produced at the company’s Morrow, GA, facility because of a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes. 

The recalled products are no longer available for sale and no illnesses have been confirmed as of April 7, according

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating three ongoing foodborne illness outbreaks.

The agency declared one outbreak over on March 8. That outbreak investigation, shown on the table below as closed, found a total of 10 confirmed patients with one death from Listeria monocytogenes infections traced to packaged salad sold
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Federal officials are reporting that a deadly multi-year outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections traced to romaine lettuce is over.

As of March 8 the patient count stood at 10 with one person in Pennsylvania having died, according to statements from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease
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– Opinion –

I suppose it should not be a surprise. Outbreaks associated with lettuce, specifically the “pre-washed” and “ready-to-eat” varieties, are by no means a new phenomenon. In fact, the frequency with which this country’s fresh produce consuming public has been hit by outbreaks of pathogenic bacteria is astonishing.
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Although the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the news in terms of illnesses, foodborne pathogens also sickened people across the United States in 2021. Packaged leafy greens were behind four outbreaks.

Two outbreaks of infections from Listeria monocytogenes were announced earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Both
Continue Reading 2021 outbreaks included fresh produce, cured meats, poultry and frozen shrimp

Opinion

Congress passed the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act in 1938 in reaction to growing public safety demands.  The primary goal of the Act was to protect the health and safety of the public by preventing deleterious, adulterated or misbranded articles from entering interstate commerce.  Under section 402(a)(4) of
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The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. According to the CDC, as of Dec. 21, 2021, 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from eight states — Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New
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Fresh Express is recalling products produced within their Streamwood, IL facility because of potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response,   responded to the recall with this statement

“The FDA, along with the CDC and our state and local partners, is working to investigate
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