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Listeria monocytogenes Detected In Supermarket Spinach

Warning to pregnant women, unborn babies and people with underlying health issues.

Following the detection of Listeria monocytogenes in a batch of spinach leaves, a range of fresh unwashed spinach products are being recalled from leading supermarkets. Products identified with a code 260 or 261 are implicated. Retailers are advising customers to dispose of their packs. Wholesale unwashed spinach products distributed to caterers are also thought to be implicated.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) state that the recall also includes bags of spinach leaves and mixed leaves containing spinach.

The products were found to be on sale in Aldi, Dunnes, Tesco, Lidl, and Supervalu. Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms and is particularly dangerous to pregnant women, unborn babies and people with underlying health issues. The spinach was being distributed through stores under different brand names, e.g. Oaklands; McCormack; Egan’s, and Dunnes Stores, in 75g, 100g, 250g, 500g and 1kg packs.

These products all have best before dates ranging from 22nd-26th of September 2018.

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