Spinach recall affects Indiana and Kentucky

Dole has recalled bags of its baby spinach due to a sample testing positive for salmonella.

Dole is voluntarily recalling bags and packages of baby spinach sold in 10 states, including Kentucky and Indiana. The company announced the recall Aug. 9 due to a random sample testing positive for salmonella.

The company is recalling 6-ounce bags and 10-ounce clamshell packages of Dole baby spinach. The recall applies to spinach sold in Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. The products have use-by dates of Aug. 5, 2019.

The product is expired and no longer should be in stores. However, if you still have some baby spinach that matches the affected codes in your fridge, Dole advises you to throw it out due to the possible salmonella risk.

The affected codes are:

  • 6-ounce bags: lot code W20308A and UPC code 0-71430-00964-2
  • 10-ounce clamshell: lot code W203010 and UPC code 0-71430-00016-8

What are salmonella symptoms?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that each year around 1.2 million people become sick from salmonella. Of these, 23,000 people are hospitalized and more than 450 die.

Symptoms of salmonella infection can start to appear 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food. Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fever
  • Abdominal cramps

I think I have salmonella symptoms. What should I do?

If you experience these symptoms, here’s what you should do:

  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Wash your hands and clean areas that may have become contaminated. The illness can be spread from person to person, and the bacteria can live on surfaces for a few hours.
  • Stay home from work and school, and avoid social gatherings. The bacteria can spread if you or those around you don’t practice good hand hygiene.
  • Drink lots of fluids, including water and sports drinks containing electrolytes and vitamins, to prevent dehydration.

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Most cases of salmonella last four to seven days and do not require medical treatment. However, you should watch for signs of dehydration, which can be a major concern and require immediate help.

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