August 29, 2007: Recall – Salmonella Tainted California Spinach

Over 8,000 cases of fresh, bagged spinach are being recalled by Metz Fresh LLC of King City, California, as a result of possible Salmonella contamination. Evidence of the bacteria was found during independent lab testing of the product, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which released the information on August 28.

There have been no reports of Salmonella-related illness in connection with the spinach. According to Metz Fresh, over 90% of the cases did not reach stores. The 4.25- and 4-pound cases contained 10- and 16-ounce bags of spinach with tracking codes 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314.

A spinach sample from one of three Metz Fresh packing lines tested positive for Salmonella, but the company decided to recall all of the spinach that was packed that day on all three lines, according to the FDA press release.

About a year ago, a deadly E. coli outbreak linked to contaminated spinach led to the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement. These voluntary food safety rules include field and plant inspections. California inspectors did not find issues at Metz Fresh during two visits earlier in August.

For more information about Salmonella food poisoning, visit the following pages of this blog: About Salmonella and Symptoms and Complications. More information can also be obtained on the website Attorney Eric H. Weinberg, who sponsors both sites, represents many clients who have been harmed by Salmonella food poisoning. Visit food poisoning lawyer to learn more.

To learn about recent food poisoning outbreaks see E. coli Outbreak, Arby’s Salmonella¬†Poisoning, and Arby’s Food Poisoning.