Organic spinach lovers may want to think twice the next time they take a big bite of leafy greens. One thousand two hundred ninety cases of Organicgirl brand baby spinach were recently recalled because they were tainted with high levels of the element cadmium. Cadmium is a naturally-occurring element but it is unhealthy for humans to consume.
Recall Was Voluntary
The recall was instituted voluntarily by Organicgirl Produce in an effort to curb the potential for cadmium-poisoning among its customers. The 1,290 recalled cases of spinach were distributed to 13 states. Those included: Utah, Texas, Oregon, Oklahoma, New York, Missouri, Michigan, Louisiana, Kansas, Indiana, Hawaii, California and Arizona.
Cadmium is an element found naturally in the soil, and it is not uncommon for trace amounts to be discovered in certain food items, as well as the air and water. Organicgirl issued the instant recall after a 5 oz. package of spinach, which was randomly tested by the California Department of Public Health, showed that it was contaminated with cadmium.
Babygirl instituted the recall out of an abundance of caution. Aside from the above referenced product, no other Organicgirl products were were affected by the recall.
Fortunately, there have not been any reported illnesses relating to cadmium-tainted spinach. Should there be adverse reactions, however, it is expected that they will be non-life-threatening and their affects will be either reversible or temporary.
Organicgirl Will Replace Affected Packages Free of Charge
Recalled packages are labeled with the Product Code B030298-001B08S. Consumers who discover that they are in possession of recalled Organicgirl spinach should dispose of the spinach immediately and should not eat it. Organicgirl will replace any recalled spinach free of charge.
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