Spinach and lettuce always seem to be getting recalled. That's probably because leafy greens grow close to the ground and have a veiny texture that make them hard to clean.
Well for the umpteenth time, bagged spinach is being recalled. Kroger is recalling its "Fresh Selections Tender Spinach" in Georgia and 14 other states, The Associated Press reports. So if you have a bag of the stuff in the fridge, you should probably toss it. Better yet, take it back to the store for a full refund.
According to NewStar, the producer of the spinach, the recall was initiated after just a single package of the spinach tested by the Ohio Department of Agriculture yielded a positive result for Listeria. So why the need for a recall?
Food recalls are often required under law and sometimes initiated by the Food and Drug Administration. In other cases, food companies want to minimize their liability and keep up their brand's image.
Last year, contaminated cantaloupes caused an outbreak of Listeria food poisoning across the country. With 30 reported deaths, the cantaloupe Listeria outbreak was the second-deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness the country had ever seen.
So Listeria is nothing to sneeze at. If you've recently eaten "Fresh Selections Tender Spinach" and you're experiencing flu-like symptoms, you should go see a doctor. Listeria infections can be extremely dangerous or even fatal for pregnant women, the elderly, and those with impaired immune systems.
The 2011 cantaloupe Listeria outbreak spawned a series of lawsuits that eventually bankrupted Jensen Farms, the supplier of the contaminated fruit. If you suffer food poisoning after eating food from a store or restaurant, you can sue the producer of the food or the restaurant that served you under a product liability theory.
You'll have to show evidence that the food was contaminated in the state where it was served or sold to you. If successful, you could recover damages for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.