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Health department recalls spinach, salad mixes

POSTED October 21, 2011 9:21 p.m.

The California Department of Public Health is once again issuing a warning to consumers regarding a salmonella contamination. This time CDPH is warning shoppers to avoid certain bagged spinach and salad mix manufactured by Taylor Farms Retail Inc., Salinas. A package of fresh spinach tested positive for Salmonella in Washington. So far no cases of illness have been reported.
The salad mix and spinach are packaged under the brand names Fresh Selections, HEB, Marketside, and Taylor Farms. Products range from lettuce to salad kits and spinach. A total of 12 products with unique UPC codes are included in the recall.
The affected spinach and salad mixes were distributed in California, Arizona, Oregon and 12 other states and U.S. territories. Symptoms of salmonella infection may include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in some people, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. The elderly, infants, and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. People who develop symptoms after eating salad products should get medical help.
This recall comes shortly after a similar salmonella recall on "Limited Edition" and "Fresh and Easy" brand grape tomatoes.
Shoppers who purchased the recalled salad or spinach mix should throw them away. Consumers can contact Taylor Farms Retail at (877) 323-7374 for more information. If shoppers see this product offered for sale at a local store they can call CDPH toll free complaint line at (800) 496-3232.

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