Several local grocery stores, including Kroger, Walmart, Meijer and Dorothy Lane Market, have been affected by the recall of spinach used in prepared meals.

 Spinach recall expands to local grocery stores

A nationwide recall of spinach products expanded this morning and now involves multiple grocers with dozens of stores in the Dayton, Cincinnati and Springfield regions.

Several Dayton-area grocers sell the Amy’s Kitchen vegetable lasagna and other frozen-food products recalled earlier this week because organic spinach in those products may be contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

Grocers including Kroger, Meijer, Walmart and Dorothy Lane Market have notified customers on each company’s websites about the recall, and those companies with loyalty cards that can track a shopper’s purchases have begun alerting local shoppers who have purchased any of the frozen-food items subject to the recall.

Petaluma, California-based Amy’s Kitchen, Inc. voluntarily recalled nearly 74,000 cases of products that include vegetable lasagna and spinach pizza from specific lots and sell-by dates. The recall was based on a notice from one of Amy’s Kitchen’s organic spinach suppliers that the company may have received organic spinach tainted by Listeria, a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, according to a news release posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

In addition, 16-ounce frozen Meijer Organics Chopped Spinach with a UPC code of “41250 02362” and a stamp of “BEST BY FEB 2017 50415” — distributed to warehouses in Ohio — was recalled by Twin City Foods Inc. of Stanwood, Washington, also because of potential Listeria contamination, according to a notice distributed by the FDA this morning, March 25. And specific lots of another product, Simply Balanced 10-ounce Frozen Organic Chopped Spinach, distributed exclusively at Target stores nationwide, also joined the list of recalled products via an FDA notice this morning.

A Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Healthy people may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, FDA officials said.

Amy’s Kitchen officials said they were not aware of any complaints of illness related to the recalled products.

The recalled Amy’s Kitchen products were distributed to stores nationwide in the United States and in Canada, and Kroger officials said on the company web site’s recalls page that the Dayton-Cincinnati region’s Kroger stores sold the Amy’s Kitchen products.

Go to www.fda.gov for a full list of the recalled products.

Consumers who have any of the recalled products should either throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased for an exchange or full refund. Consumers with questions for Amy’s Kitchen can call (707) 781-7535.

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