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Amy's Kitchen Recall Warns Spinach Products May Be Contaminated

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 04:03 PM

Amy's Kitchen Inc., a California-based natural and organic food brand, announced Sunday a voluntary recall for nearly 74,000 cases of its product after a supplier notified the company it may have received spinach with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Amy's Kitchen sells natural and organic convenience foods and has been in business for more than 25 years.

According to the FDA, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and fatal infections in children or elderly people, along with others with compromised immune systems. Those who ingest the organism could suffer short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, and it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women, noted the FDA.

The voluntary recall covers nearly 20 different Amy's Kitchen products. All the products contain spinach in various packages, including vegetable lasagna, tofu scramble and gluten-free tofu meals, and brown rice and enchilada verde vegetable meals.

"Amy's Kitchen is not aware of any illness complaints to date related to the recalled products identified in Attachment A," according to the FDA statement. "Out of an abundance of caution, however, Amy's Kitchen is recalling these products based on the recall notice we received from our supplier."

The products were distributed to stores in the United States and Canada.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on its website that about 1,600 people in the United States become ill from Listeria every year.

"Most people found to have Listeria infection require hospital care and about one in five people with the infection die," according to the CDC website. "Outbreak investigations tell us what foods make people sick and what needs to change to make food safer and save lives.

"We have made some progress against Listeria, which is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning. However, we can do more to protect people at higher risk for food poisoning and make food safer for everyone," the CDC site added.

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Amy's Kitchen Inc., a California-based natural and organic food brand, announced Sunday a voluntary recall for nearly 74,000 cases of its product after a supplier notified the company it may have received spinach with Listeria monocytogenes.
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