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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: March 25, 2015
DHSS-3-2015





DELAWARE IMPACTED BY RECALL OF PRODUCTS CONTAINING FROZEN SPINACH


DOVER (March 25, 2015) - Products containing spinach that are potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes are being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution. Based on a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall notice, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is working with the FDA and local retailers to ensure that all affected products are removed from Delaware shelves. While no illnesses have been reported to date in connection with these products in Delaware or nationwide, DPH is urging consumers who purchased these products to throw them out, or return them to the store where they were purchased.

The voluntary recall involves products that contain spinach from the Coastal Green Vegetable Company, LLC, of Oxnard, CA, which supplied the product to several companies in the US. The affected products that may have been shipped to or sold in Delaware include Wild Harvest Organic Cut Leaf Spinach (16 oz. frozen package), several types of Rising Moon Organics ravioli, Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach (10 oz. steam in bag), and various products from the brand Amy's Kitchen. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

For more information, Delawareans can contact the DPH Office of Food Protection at 302-744-4546; or go to the FDA's website at fda.gov/safety/recalls/.

A person who is deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or speech-disabled can call the DPH phone number above by using TTY services. Dial 7-1-1 or 800-232-5460 to type your conversation to a relay operator, who reads your conversation to a hearing person at DPH. The relay operator types the hearing person's spoken words back to the TTY user. To learn more about TTY availability in Delaware, visit delawarerelay.com.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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