The Horton Fruit Company, Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall of Fresh Spinach Because of Possible Health Risk
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2017
Michael Wise 502-969-1371
The Horton Fruit Co., Inc. (“Horton”) of Louisville, KY is voluntarily recalling select bags and containers of fresh spinach because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The company was alerted to the potential of contamination by their supplier partners, and conducting a subsequent internal investigation. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
There have been no reports of illness related to the recalled product and no other products produced by Horton are implicated.
The products were distributed in North Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky and West Virginia and distributed through retail stores, wholesale and foodservice distributors. Specific information on how to identify the product is summarized below:
|10oz. Bag PEAK brand Fresh Curly Leaf spinach “Best If Used By 05/11/17” UPC 0-78951-50002-3
|10oz. Bag HARRIS TEETER FARMER’S MARKET brand Ready-To-Eat Leaf spinach “Best If Used By 05/11/17” UPC 0-72036-88023-9
|2.5 lb. Bag PEAK brand fresh spinach Orange sticker dated “05/13/17” Case label pack date of 05/01/17
“We are treating this incident very seriously because we want to ensure that our customers are provided with only the safest, most wholesome, and high-quality products available,” said Michael Wise, President. The company has ceased distribution of the affected product as Horton continues their investigation as to what caused the problem. This recall is being undertaken with the knowledge of the FDA.
Consumers who have purchased any of these products are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 502-969-1371, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. EDT.
* We believe that none of the product being recalled were processed or offered through the national office.
* We strongly encourage you to notify your agencies within one business day from receipt of this notice.
* ALL cased and uncased inventories, both at the member level and agency level, need to be checked. This product may have entered member and agency warehouses through salvage, local donations, TEFAP, local purchases, retail pickups, food drives, or other avenues.
* For additional local details, please contact the Health Department(s) for the area(s) your food bank serves.
For full details on the recall, please visit: https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm558398.htm?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
If you have questions, please contact Wayne Melichar, Food Safety Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.629.7263.