Australia: Spinach recall issued over salmonella fears

Yet another spinach recall has hit store shelves. Coles Supermarkets has issued a voluntary recall Coles Baby Spinach due to possible salmonella contamination. The Australian supermarket issued the recall on Tuesday, April 12, according to a recall notice published by Food Standards Australia.

The recall includes three separate varieties of baby spinach sold by the company. The 60-gram Coles Baby Spinach impacted features the "Use By" date of "13 APR 22." The 120-gram variety has the "Use By" date of "13 and 14 APR 22." The final variety included in the recall, the 280-gram package, features a "Use By" date of "13 and 14 APR 22."

The Coles Baby Spinach products with Use By dates other than 13 and 14 APR 22 are not included in this recall. All three products are packaged in bags and sold in Coles supermarkets, Coles Local and through Coles Online in Queensland, Australian Capital Territory, and New South Wales, excluding Coles stores in Lavington, Deniliquin, and Albury.

Coles Supermarkets issued the recall after "quality testing by our supplier has identified the presence of Salmonella in the 120g Baby Spinach product." A release by the company explained that "as a precaution," the supermarket decided to recall "all three Baby Spinach products sourced from this supplier."

Consumption of contaminated products can cause salmonellosis, a common foodborne illness. Symptoms of salmonellosis – diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever – typically occur within 12 to 72 hours. Although the illness typically lasts four to seven days and doesn't require treatment, in rare cases, the infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream, requiring the individual to be hospitalized.

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