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Check Your Freezer: Spinach Recalled in 19 States Due to Listeria

Grocery store chain, Sprouts Farmers Market, is recalling its brand of frozen spinach products manufactured by National Frozen Foods of Oregon. The recall comes after a series of random tests returned positive results for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

About The Recall

The bacteria was found in the finished product, according to a statement made by the chain to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Phoenix-based chain did not say where or by whom the testing was conducted.

Consumers should check for the recalled Sprouts brand frozen spinach with the following label information: 

  • “Sprouts Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach” in 16-ounce plastic bags
  • UPC number 87487500982
  • Lot number 19031203A03
  • Use-by date 12/03/21 

The product was 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.

What To Do

Although no illnesses have been reported to date, according to the recall notice, “Sprouts Farmers Market has removed all affected product from its retail stores. In addition, Sprouts is conducting an internal investigation with National Frozen Foods to ensure all food safety standards and being met and enforced,”

The notice goes on to warn consumers how they should deal with potentially contaminated products.

Who To Call

“Consumers who have purchased the products are urged to destroy or return it to the stores for a full refund of the product. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 888-577-7688from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT.”

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