Yet another vegetable recall has been sent out due to salmonella today. Dole Fresh Vegetables, part of the multinational Dole corporation headquartered in Westlake Village, California, has issued a recall on their bagged spinach salads.
Bags with the codes A27409B and A27409A with an “enjoy by” date of October 15 and UPC 7143000976 have been recalled.
Consumers are advised to throw this spinach out, and discard the bag, in order to avoid food poisoning.
According to a press release distributed by the company, no illnesses have been reported.
The spinach was distributed in 13 states.
Dole Food Company, Inc, which was founded in Hawaii in 1851, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruits and vegetables. The company website states that in 2010, revenues were $6.9 billion and that they are a leader in the produce industry in the areas of nutrition education, and research.
Dole does business in more than 90 countries worldwide, and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees.
This is the 9th salmonella outbreak in the US this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Previous food outbreaks occurred in cucumbers, pork, raw, frozen stuffed chicken entrees produced by Aspen Foods and frozen, raw tuna.
It’s estimated by the CDC that every year, salmonella causes one million illnesses in the United States, with 19,000 hospitalizations and 380 deaths. So, be prudent! Get rid of that spinach, and grab another brand, for today.
If you have questions about the recall, call the Dole Food Company Consumer Response Center at 1-800-356-3111.