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Date: 7/9/2010 

Number: 10-044 

Contact: Al Lundeen (916) 440-7259 


California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Mark Horton today warned consumers not to eat certain packaged baby spinach products being recalled by Ready Pac Foods, Inc. Two lots of baby spinach product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, which can cause serious illness. The E. coli O157:H7 was isolated from routine surveillance samples. No illnesses have currently been linked to this product.

Ready Pac spinachThe recalled spinach was produced and distributed to retailers in California, Oregon and Arizona between June 21 and June 27. The baby spinach is sold in 6-ounce packages under the Ready Pac label.

Only the following two lots of baby spinach are being recalled:
“Best if Used By:  ”JUL 04 I1707B IR127121
“Best if Used By:  ”JUL 08  I2007B IR130373

E. coli O157:H7 infection often causes abdominal cramps and diarrhea. People with severe infections may suffer kidney damage and require hospitalization. Complications can also be fatal.

Those most at risk for serious complications include young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Consumers with any of these symptoms should contact their health care provider.

If you have either of the recalled lots of baby spinach, you should throw them away. 

Last modified on: 7/9/2010 1:13 PM