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Spinach Recall Lawsuit

The law offices of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, are now filing lawsuits for people who developed a confirmable food poisoning illness — salmonella, E. coli, listeria, campylobacter or botulism — after consuming spinach products that have been recalled by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) for potential bacterial contamination.

June 19, 2019 – Sprouts Farmers Market has issued a nationwide recall for 2 of its spinach products over concerns they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a bacterium that causes severe foodborne illness. Consumers are being warned not to eat any spinach affected by the recall, regardless of whether it looks or smells fine, and to either discard all remaining stocks or return them to the point of purchase for a refund.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a food poisoning illness after eating recalled spinach products, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

Which Products are Being Recalled?

The recall affects:

  • Sprouts Frozen Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500982, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package.
  • Sprouts Frozen Organic Cut Leaf Spinach, 16oz. bag, UPC 87487500991, Lot 19031203A03, USE BY 12/03/21. Identifying information can be found on the back of the package

These products were distributed to retail locations in the following states: Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.

To date, no listeria infections or any other illnesses have been reported in association with this recall, FDA said.

Spinach Recall List

Simply Balanced Spinach Recall
March 24, 2015 – Superior Foods Inc. recalled 8,475 cases of Simply Balanced Frozen Organic Spinach sold at Target stores due to listeria contamination. Affected products include Simply Balanced Organic Chopped Spinach 10-oz steam in bag DPCI # (Department, Class, Item.) 270-00-0663. FDA said the original source of the spinach was Green Vegetable Company in Oxnard, CA.

Wegmans Spinach Recall
March 23, 2015 – Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. recalled approximately 12,540 12-ounce bags of Wegmans Organic Food You Feel Good About Just Picked Frozen Spinach, 12 oz. (UPC 77890-32932). The product was supplied by Stanwood, WA-based Twin City Foods Inc., and sold in Wegmans Food Markets from Jan. 27 to March 21, 2015, FDA said.

Amy’s Kitchen Spinach Recall
March 23, 2015Amy’s Kitchen Inc. of Petaluma, CA is recalled about 74,000 cases of food that contain potentially tainted organic spinach. Affected products included Vegetable Lasagna, Tofu Scramble, Enchilada Verde Whole Meal, Spinach Pizza and more. The recalled products were distributed to retailers throughout the U.S. and in Canada, FDA said.
Taylor Farms Organic Baby Spinach Recall
March 23, 2012 – Taylor Farms, a Salinas, California-based establishment recalled a variety of baby spinach products over potential contamination with salmonella. Affected products include Private Selections Organic Baby Spinach in 5-ounce clamshell packaging and Marketside Organic Baby Spinach in 10-ounce clamshell packaging. The contamination was discovered through routine testing conducted on a finished package of spinach by the FSIS.

Avon Heights Mushrooms Spinach Recall
January 3, 2012 – An Avondale, PA establishment is now recalling three varieties of fresh packaged spinach that have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7, a potentially deadly foodborne pathogen. This recall is the result of routine surveillance sampling which tested positive for E. coli bacteria.

Listeria Symptoms

Listeria food poisoning (listeriosis) is a severe, potentially life-threatening infection that occurs when people ingest the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. It primarily affects children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of listeria food poisoning typically include varying degrees of:

  • fever
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • diarrhea

If listeriosis spreads to the nervous system, symptoms may include:

  • headache
  • stiff neck
  • confusion
  • loss of balance
  • convulsions

Salmonella Food Poisoning (Salmonellosis)

Salmonella bacteria are a group of microscopic living creatures that are among the most frequently reported cause of foodborne illness nationwide. The Salmonella family includes nearly 2,500 sereotypes of bacteria, the most common of which are Salmonella Enteritidis and Salmonella Typhimurium. These strains account for about half of all human infection.

According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), salmonellosis causes an estimated 1.4 million cases of foodborne illness and more than 400 deaths each year in the United States alone. Although in certain individuals salmonellosis may be asymptomatic, most people experience some or all of the following signs and symptoms within eight to 72 hours after contaminated food is consumed:

  • diarrhea (which may be bloody or watery)
  • abdominal cramps
  • fever
  • chills
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Most salmonella outbreaks can be avoided through cleanliness – hand washing with soap and hot water can do wonders to prevent infection. By using filtered drinking water, washing produce thoroughly, and not consuming undercooked foods such as eggs or meat, you can also greatly reduce your chance of being exposed to salmonella bacteria.

E. Coli Symptoms

E. coli 0157:H7 is a dangerous foodborne pathogen because it produces a shiga toxin, which causes painful symptoms in humans including:

  • severe stomach cramps and stomach tenderness
  • diarrhea (which may be watery or bloody)
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • severe blood or kidney problems
  • kidney failure
  • long-term disability
  • death

In severe cases of E. coli poisoning, patients can develop hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) or thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP). Both HUS and TTP are complications of E. coli that can cause kidney failure, brain damage, and damage to other organs and death.

Can I File a Class Action?

Although Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is a nationally recognized class action firm, we have decided against this type of litigation when it comes to spinach recall lawsuits. Our lawyers feel that if there is a successful resolution to these cases, individual suits, not class actions will be the best way to get maximum payouts to our clients. If you developed a food poisoning infection after eating any of the spinach products mentioned in this article, we know you’ve suffered emotionally and economically, and want to work with you personally to obtain the maximum compensation for the damages caused by your injuries. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.

Do I Have a Spinach Recall Lawsuit?

The Food Poisoning Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in spinach recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new food poisoning cases in all 50 states.

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed symptoms of food poisoning after eating recalled spinach, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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