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FDA Narrows Spinach Warning

FDA: Spinach in E. coli Outbreak Linked to Natural Selection Foods

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RLB Food Distributors:

The recall included certain salad products that may contain spinach with an "Enjoy Thru'" date of 9/20/06 (Sept. 20).

The products recalled by RLB are: Balducci's Mesclun Mix 5 oz., Balducci's Organic Baby Spinach 5 oz., Balducci's Mixed Greens 5 oz., FreshPro Mesclun Mix 5 oz., FreshPro Organic Baby Spinach 5 oz., FreshPro Mixed Greens 5 oz., FreshPro Salad Mix with Italian Dressing 4.75 oz., and FreshPro Salad Mix with Ranch Dressing 5.25 oz.

Triple B Corp. (Doing Business as S.T. Produce):

The recalled products were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana to retail stores and delis and were sold in a hard plastic clamshell container.

The products recalled by S.T. Produce are: NWG Spinach Salad (5 oz.), Spinach Salad, QFC (5 oz.), Charlie's Spinach Salad (5 oz.), Charlie's Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad (10 oz.), NWG Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad (10 oz.),Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad, QFC (10 oz.), T/H Spring Mix Salad (5.5 oz.), T/H Mozzarella Spring Mix Salad (5.5 oz.), T/H Baby Spinach Salad (5.5 oz.), Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad w/ Grilled Chicken Breast (6.5 oz.), Larry's Market Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad (10 oz.), Charlie's Seasonal Greens Salad (2.5 oz.), Charlie's Seasonal Greens Salad (4 oz.), Charlie's Baby Spinach Salad (6 oz.), Charlie's Baby Spinach Salad (5 oz.) and Caesar Bowtie Noodle Salad Kit with Grilled Chicken Breast (6.9 lbs).

Pacific Coast Fruit Company:

Baby Spring Mix Salad Kit (4.6 lbs), Chef on the Run -- Bacon Spinach Salad (9 oz. plus 2 fl. oz. dressing), Chef on the Run -- Spring Greens Salad (5 oz. plus 2 fl. oz. dressing), Chef on the Run -- Willamette Valley Salad (10 oz. plus 2 fl. oz. dressing), Trader Joe's -- Baby Spinach and Greens with Bleu Cheese, Candied Pecans and Cranberries with Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing (10 oz.), Trader Joe's -- Baby Greens and Spinach Salad with Wild Maine Blueberry Dressing (10 oz.), Mediterranean Veggie Blend Kit -- 15 lbs, and My Brothers Pizza Spinach and Garlic -- 15 oz. and 36 oz.

Most of the salad products can be identified by the labels Trader Joe's, My Brothers Pizza, or Chef on the Run and are in clamshell containers. Pizza products are in round cardboard bottoms with a plastic wrap.

All salad products will have a "USE BY DATE" on or before Sept. 20, 2006. Pizza products will have a "USE BY DATE" on or before Sept. 23, 2006. The products were distributed through various retail outlets in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho; they weren't distributed internationally.

Q. What is E. coli?

A. E. coli is a bacterium. There are hundreds of strains of E. coli bacteria; the strain involved in the current outbreak is E. coli O157:H7.

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