Select bags of spinach possibly sold at several Mission Viejo grocery stores have been recalled for possible salmonella, the FDA announced Thursday.
Fresh Express is voluntarily conducting this precautionary recall on its 9 oz. bags of spinach with a Use-by Date of Nov. 7 and product code S299B25.
The US Department of Agriculture’s random sample testing program found one positive result for salmonella in the spinach. However, no illnesses or consumer complaints have yet been reported to Fresh Express associated with this recall. No other Fresh Express products are subject to this recall.
According to the FDA, symptoms of salmonella poisoning include:
- diarrhea (which may be bloody)
- abdominal pain
Fresh Express is a division of Chiquita Brands. Many national grocery store chains carry their products.
Fresh Express voluntarily recalled 2,939 cases of the 9 oz. bag of spinach in April 2011 as well. According to The Oregonian, this is the fifth major recall by Fresh Express over the last three months.
Fresh Express customer service representatives are already contacting relevant retailers to confirm the recalled product has been removed from store shelves and inventories and that none is available for consumer purchase.
The recalled salads were distributed primarily in the Western region of the U.S.
Consumers who may have purchased the recalled salad are asked not to eat it and throw it out. Fresh Express is offering a full refund.
Consumers with questions or who would like to secure a refund may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.
Check the Use-by date and Production code for the specific description, as all other bags have not been recalled.