The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced the recall of a limited number of cases of baby spinach packaged by Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. that were distributed in 10 states, including Wisconsin and Michigan.
The company is voluntarily recalling the items due to a possible health risk from salmonella. They include 6-ounce bags of Dole Baby Spinach with the lot code W20308A (UPC code 0-71430-00964-2), and 10-ounce clamshells of Dole Baby Spinach, lot code W203010 (UPC code 0-71430-00016-8). Both have use-by dates of Aug. 5.
No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall, but a random sample test of the product by the Department of Agriculture in Michigan yielded a positive result.
Salmonella is an organism that can cause foodborne illness in a person who eats food contaminated with it.
Symptoms of infection may include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The illness primarily impacts young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill after exposure to Salmonella.
This product is expired and should no longer be on retail shelves. Consumers who have any remaining product with the affected lot codes, UPC codes and use-by dates should discard it.
The lot code and use-by date are located on the upper right corner of the bag or on the top label of the clamshell; the UPC code is located on the bottom left corner of the back of the bag or on the bottom label of the clamshell.
Retailers and consumers with questions may call the 24-hour Dole Consumer Center at 800-356-3111.