Frozen Spinach Recall Due to Traces of Listeria
According to USA Today, Sprouts Farmers Market is recalling
Frozen Cut Spinach Leaves regular and organic 16 oz. bags.
Sprouts and the product manufacturer, National Frozen Foods of Oregon, is in the process of doing an internal investigation after bags of frozen spinach was found to contain traces of Listeria, according to USA Today.
The Frozen Spinach bags in question are as follows:
Sprouts Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag,
UPC 87487500982, Lot 19031203A03
USE BY 12/03/21
Sprouts Frozen Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag,
UPC 87487500991, Lot 19031203A03
USE BY 12/03/21
We don't have to worry in Buffalo as we are not one of the 19 States affected. However, other readers from states outside of NYS should examine this list of States affected, according to USA Today..
Identifying information can be found on the back of the packages. The product was delivered to stores in 19 states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia.
According to Wikipedia Listeria is defined as follows:
Listeria is a genus of bacteria. Until 1992, 10 species were known, each containing two subspecies. By 2019, 20 species had been identified. The genus received its current name, after the British pioneer of sterile surgery Joseph Lister, in 1940. Listeria species are Gram-positive, rod-shaped, and facultatively anaerobic, and do not produce endospores. The major human pathogen in the genus Listeria is L. monocytogenes. It is usually the causative agent of the relatively rare bacterial disease listeriosis, an infection caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria. Listeriosis can cause serious illness in pregnant women, newborns, adults with weakened immune systems and the elderly, and may cause gastroenteritis in others who have been severely infected.
Listeriosis is a serious disease for humans; the overt form of the disease has a case-fatality rate of around 20%. The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis. Meningitis is often complicated by encephalitis, when it is known as meningoencephalitis, a pathology that is unusual for bacterial infections. L. ivanovii is a pathogen of mammals, specifically ruminants, and has rarely caused listeriosis in humans. The incubation period can vary from three to 70 days.