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Salmonella Detected in Packed Spinach


The Food and Drug Administration announced a recall of baby spinach distributed under the Dole brand. The release dated August 9th noted that use-by dates on the affected lots was August 5th and accordingly most of the product has been consumed.

Contamination with Salmonella (serotype not revealed) was detected on routine surveillance by the Michigan Department of Agriculture. Affected product was distributed in ten Midwest and  Northeastern states.

With increased surveillance, it is inevitable that Salmonella, Listeria and even E.coli will be detected on produce. There does not appear to be a single effective method of decontaminating produce which may acquire pathogens in the field from irrigation water or subsequently by  contamination during processing and packaging.