Extensive Nationwide Spinach Recalls; Possible Listeria Contamination

Coastal Green Vegetable Company LLC of Oxnard, CA, initiated a recall of spinach on March 20, 2015, due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Coastal Green Vegetable Company supplies spinach to a number of food processors. Subsequently, a wide variety of spinach products by many grocers and others have been recalled.


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. of Rochester, NY, recalled approximately 12,540 packages of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good about Just Picked Frozen Spinach, 12 oz. (UPC 77890-32932) due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Amy’s Kitchen, Inc., of Petaluma, CA, recalled approximately 73,897 cases of prepared food products made with spinach including vegetable lasagnas, spinach pizza, and stuffed shells. Twin City Foods, Inc. of Stanwood, Washington, recalled Cadia Organic Cut Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages; Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages; and Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16 oz. frozen packages. Superior Foods, Inc., of Watsonville, CA, recalled 8,475 cases of Simply Balanced 10-oz Frozen Organic Chopped Spinach distributed nationwide at Target stores. La Terra Fina Organic Thick & Creamy Spinach Dip & Spread, 24-ounce tub with the UPC Code 640410513730 and Best-By Dates 3/24/2015, 4/01/2015, 4/14/2015, and 4/20/2015 available in California Costco stores.


Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium that can contaminate foods and cause a severe, sometimes life-threatening, illness called invasive listeriosis. Persons who have the greatest risk of experiencing listeriosis after consuming foods contaminated with L. monocytogenes are young children, the elderly, and persons 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.


Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good about Just Picked Frozen Spinach was sold in the frozen food department of the company’s 85 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts between January 27 and March 21, 2015. Only packages with the following codes are affected: BEST USED BY JAN 26 2017 50265 and BEST USED BY FEB 02 2017 50335. This product was supplied to Wegmans by Twin City Foods, Inc. based in Stanwood, Washington.


The Amy’s Kitchen recall is based on a recall notice from one of Amy’s organic spinach suppliers that Amy’s may have received organic spinach with the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled products were distributed to stores nationwide in the United States and in Canada.


The products subject to the Twin City Foods recall were distributed in Arizona, California, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.


See the Recalls


Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good about Just Picked Frozen Spinach


Amy’s Kitchen


Twin City Food


Superior Foods


La Terra Fina Organic Thick & Creamy Spinach Dip & Spread


See also Medical Law Perspectives, July 2012 Report: Foodborne Illness: When Grabbing a Bite Can Be Deadly