You may remember spinach being at the center of a major recall back in September 2006 on account of E Coli contamination, well, unfortunately, poor spinach is once again getting a bad rap.

This time on account of a possible Salmonella contamination in prepackaged spinach from a company called Kleen Pak, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here’s the pertinent information from the FDA’s website:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — April 30, 2009 — KLEEN-PAK FOODS of Milwaukee Wisconsin is recalling its 10 ounce and 1 pound packages of fresh spinach because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis.

The recalled spinach was distributed locally in retail stores and food wholesalers in Wisconsin, the Chicago area, and Minnesota.
The product comes in 10 ounce and 1 pound packages  marked with a use by date of 4/29, 4/30, and 5/01

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection revealed the presence of Salmonella in some 1 pound packages of spinach

The FDA and KLEEN-PAK continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

Consumers who have purchased 10 ounce packages of curly leaf spinach are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1 414-481-4878.

No illnesses have been reported so far, and the recall seems to be limited to Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota.

Stay tuned for more details.

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