Taylor Farms Retail Inc. has voluntarily recalled several spinach products because of possible Enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) contamination.
Taylor Farms Retail Inc. has issued a voluntary recall on spinach products in 39 states due to possible contamination from Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli (EHEC) bacteria.
Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli is a bacteria that can cause severe abdominal cramping and bloody diarrhea, usually without fever. The infection normally lasts around one week.
There are approximately 110,000 cases of E. Coli in the United States each year. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) is a serious complication occurring in approximately eight percent of cases. This illness can cause kidney failure, requiring those infected to undergo transfusions and/or dialysis treatment. Around three to five percent of hemolytic uremic syndrome cases are fatal. Children, the elderly, and those in developing countries are most at risk.
The 39 states affected by the recall are as follows:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
All of the spinach under the recall has a "best by" date of February 24, 2013. The products are sold under the following names: Central Market Organics, Full Circle Organics, Marketside Organics, Simple Truth Organics and Taylor Farms Organic — in 5-oz and 16-oz packages.
UPC numbers for the recalled spinach products can be viewed here.
Taylor Farms Retail Inc. is calling the recall a "precautionary measure" and no illnesses have been reported in conjunction with the spinach. The company says the product should be disposed of and not consumed. For more details, contact Taylor Farms Retail Inc. at 855-293-9811.