Church Bros. recalls bagged spinach

10/21/2011 03:02:00 PM
Coral Beach

SALINAS, Calif. — Church Bros. LLC is voluntarily recalling 560 bags of clipped spinach shipped to Super King Markets in Los Angeles as a precaution against salmonella.

It’s part of a wider recall. The bulk of affected product — 1,953 cartons at four bags per carton — went through foodservice channels, said Lisa Watson, spokeswoman for Salinas-based Church Bros. The foodservice portion includes savoy spinach as well as clipped spinach.

The recalled product was processed Oct. 6 by Church Bros. and came in clear, 2.5-pound bags.

It was available for sale starting Oct. 7 and has a best-by date of Oct. 23. The manufacturer’s code was A279 47166.

The salmonella was found in one bag from a Commerce City, Colo., distribution center sampled randomly by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

No illnesses have been reported.

The foodservice product went to 15 states and British Columbia, Watson said.

“We are cooperating closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health to ensure prompt removal of product associated with the recall,” Steve Church, chief executive officer of Church Bros., said in a news release. “While we are not aware of any illnesses associated with this product, it is important that we act quickly based on the random sample results in order to reduce any risk to public health.”

It was the second Church Bros.-related recall in a month. In September, True Leaf Farms voluntarily recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped romaine lettuce shipped by Church Bros. as a precaution against listeria, found in a random test sample. No illnesses were reported. That product went to 19 states and Canada.

True Leaf is the processing division for Church Bros.



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