No More Spinach for Popeye

By Angsuman Chakraborty, Gaea News Network
Thursday, August 30, 2007

SpinachMetz Fresh LLC of King City issued the recall of 8118 cases of spinach on Wednesday, after salmonella bacteria was found during a routine test of spinach it was processing for shipment according to company spokesman Greg Larson.

Metz Fresh spokesman Greg Larson said more than 90 percent of that amount was identified before it reached stores.

Larson said Metz Fresh began telling stores and restaurants Aug. 24 not to sell or serve the spinach after a first round of tests came up positive. Wednesday’s public recall to consumers came after those tests were confirmed, he said.

Testing and tracking are required by the California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement, which established food safety rules that all participating growers must follow. The agreement evolved from last year’s E. coli outbreak that killed three people and sickened 200, prompting the Food and Drug Administration to warn Americans not to eat fresh bagged spinach. Source: Washington Post

Do you like spinach? I know I wouldn’t miss it at all.

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