CT DPH announces voluntary recall for BrightFarms spinach brand

The following content is from the CT DPH on January 19, 2024 and was not written by HVHD.

HARTFORD, Conn— The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) that Bright Farms has issued a voluntary recall of spinach grown by its supplier Element Farms in their Pompton Plains, NJ farm and distributed under the Bright Farms brand.

The spinach has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Bright Farms is also issuing a voluntary recall of a limited quantity of four salad kit products from its Selinsgrove, PA facility. The company has temporarily suspended distribution of Element Farms grown spinach.

The recalled products have been distributed to several states, including Connecticut. A distribution list has not been released at this time. Retailers have been instructed to remove all recalled products from store shelves.

The products come in various sized plastic containers. Further details, including pictures of the various recalled packages and products, can be found here: Brightfarms Recalls Spinach and Salad Kits Because of Possible Health Risk as a Result of Supplier Element Farms Recall | FDA

“Consumers are advised not to eat the recalled products. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems,” said DPH Commissioner Manisha Juthani, MD. “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 miscarriage and stillbirths among pregnant women. People who develop symptoms of listeriosis after eating the recalled products should seek medical care and tell their provider about eating that product.”

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