Once again, I messed up in a story yesterday, but the Leafy Greens Marketing types aren’t helping their cause with silence.
According to Coral Beach of The Packer, few details are available on Taylor Farms’ recall of fresh spinach that was sold to at least two foodservice suppliers and distributed across multiple states under the Taylor Farms and Cross Valley Farms brands.
Michigan officials report they found E. coli and salmonella during routine testing of washed fresh spinach packaged for foodservice operations such as schools, hospitals and restaurants.
Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected three samples of the Taylor Farms fresh spinach from one bag in “a food warehouse facility on the west side of the state” on April 7. Test results on April 13 showed E. coli and salmonella were present and Michigan officials notified Taylor Farms and the Food and Drug Administration, said Jennifer Holton, the department’s communications director.
On April 21, officials from the Salinas, Calif.-based Taylor Farms did not respond to calls for comment on the recall, which the company apparently initiated April 14.
And did that spinach go into Canada, where there at least 12 cases of E. coli O157, possibly linked to leafy greens? Michigan is sorta close.