Produce Company Recalls Fresh Spinach Over Salmonella

A California produce company recalled bagged fresh spinach today after it tested positive for salmonella.

There are no immediate reports of illness linked to the tainted spinach, distributed by Metz Fresh of King City. The recall comes nearly a year after an outbreak of another pathogen. E. coli in fresh spinach killed three people and sickened another 200.

The recalled spinach was distributed throughout the 48 states and Canada and sold in both retail and food service packages. It covers more than 8,100 cases of spinach, although the company says more than 90 percent of that is on hold and will not be released.

Only a single sample from one of three packing lines tested positive for salmonella, but the company says it moved to recall all the spinach packed that same day as a precaution.

The recall covers 10- and 16-ounce bags, as well as 4-pound cartons and cartons that contain four 2.5-pound bags, with the following tracking codes: 12208114, 12208214 and 12208314.

(Consumers with questions can contact Metz Fresh at 831-386-1018.)

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