Producers pull spinach in Listeria scare

| 29/06/2010

(CNS): In its second recall notice of the day Foster’s Food Fair said it has pulled a pre-packed spinach product from its shelves as a result of a risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Lancaster Foods, LLC, the producers, have voluntarily recalled its Krisp – Pak Hydro-Cooled Fresh also known as Cello Fresh, Spinach. The recall in consultation with the US Food and Drug Administration was initiated because of a random sample test conducted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Food & Drug Protection Division on fresh Spinach that was confirmed positive for Listeria.

LCC said no illnesses have been associated with this possible contamination but it has issued the recall out of an abundance of caution. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria M. infection can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail, or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Consumers who have purchased this product with the best enjoyed date by 19 June through 27 June 2010 should stop using it immediately and report any adverse reactions to a doctor.
Foster’s Food Fair said until it received further correspondence from the manufacture on this product it will not be available in any of its stores. “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, however the safety of our customers is our top priority. We encourage all customers who have purchased this product to return the affected product to their Foster’s Food Fair IGA of purchase for a full refund,” the store said in a statement.
For further information please contact a Lancaster Representative at (800) 247-8125.
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