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Kroger Recalls Listeria Tainted Spinach in 15 States

Screen Shot 2012-09-20 at 7.49.30 AM.pngThe Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) Family of Stores in 15 states is asking customers to check their refrigerators for certain Kroger Fresh Selections Tender Spinach 10 ounce packages (UPC: 0001111091649) with a “best if used by” date of September 16.

This product, supplied by NewStar Fresh Foods LLC, is being recalled because the product may contain Listeria monocytogenes. Customers should return the items to stores for a full refund or a replacement. Customers can visit www.kroger.com/recall for more information.

Stores under the following names in 15 states are included in this recall:

Kroger stores in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, central and eastern Tennessee, and Michigan.

Kroger, Jay C, Owen’s, Pay Less, Scott’s and Food 4 Less stores in Indiana, Illinois and eastern Missouri.

Dillons, Baker’s, and Gerbes stores in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.

Stores the company operates under the following names are not included in this recall: Fry’s, Ralphs, Fred Meyer, QFC, Smith’s, King Soopers, City Market and Food 4 Less/Foods Co. in California.

  • DGallo

    The Spinach in question is already out of date, meaning that most of it is more than likely consumed. The FDA / USDA is spending millions and millions of dollars on this testing program, and in almost every instance of a positive test result, the product is already sold and eaten. This program is not doing anything to protect consumers and is very costly. A more reasonable approach would be to test these products where they are most likely being contaminated (at the farm level) BEFORE they are shipped to stores, before we have a chance to put them in our bodies. The Federal government is purposely not doing it that way because that would result in no recalls (if it is never shipped or sold), and the public would not hear of it. They want the public to panic each time it does happen so that they can draw a case for how unsafe our food is, when in reality, no one realizes that they (The Gov) is running 10′s of thousands of these tests per week. We only hear of the 10 or 15 sporadic positive results a year, but never hear of the 100′s of thousands of negatives.

    I can assure you the FDA has more money than they know what to do with, especially under FSMA. This is one of their ways of spending their budget to look like they need more and more.

    Bottom line……they could easily adjust their testing protocol and run these tests at the farm level and stop the product from ever entering commerce…..why do they wait????? Unfortunately protecting us, is not their intention.