Products containing spinach that is potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution in Delaware.
Based on a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is working with the FDA and local retailers to ensure that all affected products are removed from shelves.
While no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products in Delaware or nationwide, DPH is urging consumers who purchased these products to throw them out, or return them to the store where they were purchased.
The voluntary recall involves products that contain spinach from the Coastal Green Vegetable Company LLC, of Oxnard, Calif. It supplied the product to several companies in the US. The affected products that may have been shipped to or sold in Delaware include Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach (16 oz. frozen package), several types of Rising Moon Organics ravioli, Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach (10 oz. steam in bag), and various products from the brand Amy’s Kitchen.
Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
For more information, contact the DPH Office of Food Protection at 302-744-4546; or go to the FDA's website at www.fda.gov/safety/recalls/.