Following the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in a batch of spinach leaves, bags of unwashed spinach leaves have been recalled from Tesco, Dunnes, Supervalu, Lidl, Aldi and other stores. Read on for more information on the spinach recall, and which batch codes are affected.
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The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has issued a spinach recall from most Irish supermarkets, and customers are advised to check their purchases for affected batch numbers.
Spinach Recall: What Products are Affected?
- Oaklands Irish Baby Leaf Spinach 250g (Lidl)
- Irish Baby Spinach Leaves 250g (Aldi)
- Dunnes Stores Fresh Ready-to-Wash Spinach Leaves 100g (Dunnes Stores)
- McCormack Loose & Lively Spinach Leaves 100g and 200g (various retailers)
- McCormack Loose & Lively baby leaves 500g and 1kg (various retailers)
In addition, the following mixed leaves products which may contain spinach have also been recalled:
- Dunnes Stores Fresh Ready-to-Wash Mixed Leaves 75g and 100g (Dunnes Stores)
- Egan’s Mixed Leaves 75g (Aldi)
- McCormack Loose & Lively Mixed Leaves 75g (Tesco and Supervalu)
- McCormack Loose & Lively Mixed Leaves 100g (various retailers)
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Why is the Spinach Being Recalled?
The FSAI detected Listeria monocytogenes in a batch of spinach leaves, which could cause the infection Listeriosis.
According to Safefood, Listeria can live in meat, milk, butter, cream, yogurt and vegetables. Food that is not cooked, such as salads or food from the fridge, can have Listeria in it, as well as food that has been cooked before being sold.
Symptoms of Listeriosis include mild flu-like symptoms, however it can escalate to a very serious illness for pregnant women, babies and young children, those over age 65, and those with compromised immune systems.
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