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Date: 9/17/2009 

Number: 09-82 

Contact: Al Lundeen - (916) 440-7259 


Dr. Gil Chavez, acting chief deputy director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today warned consumers not to eat specific brands/labels of bunched spinach because they may be contaminated with Salmonella, which can cause serious illness. The distributor, Ippolito International, LP of Salinas, is voluntarily recalling 1,715 cartons of bunched spinach after routine testing detected Salmonella.  No illnesses have been reported from these products.

Of the 1,715 cartons of recalled bunched spinach, a total of 1,515 cartons were packed under the “Queen Victoria” label and distributed to California, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and to British Columbia, Ontario, and Manitoba in Canada. The remaining 200 cartons were packed under the “Tubby” label and distributed in California and New York. The recalled spinach was harvested September 1 through September 3, and distributed to retail, foodservice and wholesale buyers.

The recalled bunched spinach was packed in 12-count and 24-count spinach bunches in cardboard boxes with “Spinach” printed on the side panel, in wire bound crates or reusable plastic containers. The 12-count and 24-count spinach bunches were bound with a twist tie which says “PLU 4090 UPC 33383-65200.” The twist tie associated with the “Queen Victoria” label has the Queen Victoria logo on it. The twist tie for the Tubby label has a generic spinach band on it.

The cartons of recalled bunched spinach were labeled with the following Code Date Stickers which can be located on the outside edge panel of the carton: 10522441 5 205 (harvested September 1, 2009), 10522451 5 205 (harvested September 2, 2009), and 10522461 5 205 (harvested September 3, 2009). The Tubby label was packed only on Code Date 10522451 5 205.

CDPH is issuing this alert in case consumers may still have some of the recalled bunched spinach in their possession.

Salmonella is 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. Consumers who have may eaten this product and are experiencing the above symptoms should consult their health care provider.

Consumers who purchased these products should immediately discard them or return to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions or need additional information on where recalled products were sold may contact Ippolito International, LP at 1-831-772-9991.

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