Grocers Bag Bagged Spinach

1 decade 2 weeks 14 hours ago September 16, 2006 Sep 16, 2006 Saturday, September 16 2006 Saturday, September 16, 2006 10:07:55 PM CDT in News
At first glance,you would think spinach has all of a sudden become the most popularfood ever, the shelves are clear. But that's not the case. Stores like Hy-Vee are playing it safe by voluntarily pulling any bagged producethat contains the now fated vegetable.

"We were informed by our corporate office [Friday] to pull everything and we pulled all the bags off and have thrown 'em all in the trash compactor," said manager Julie Yates.

And shoppers like Arlene Berdsch say it's a good thing Hy-Vee did this, especially since she was on vacation.

"I didn't know about the spinach. I haven't watched any news since we left. I usually am pretty avid about watching news and I had not heard about it, no," she said.

But no worries about bagged spinach for her. She grows her own.

Berdsch added, "I grow my own spinach, my own lettuce, my own tomatoes, and cucumbers, and radishes because it tastes so much better out of my garden and I love gardening."

Even though you no longer find bagged spinach on your grocer's shelves, no worries, fresh spinach is still available for purchase. That fresh spinach is unaffected by the recall mainly because it doesn't come in a bag. IF it is spinach in a bag, spinach on the shelf, or homegrown spinach, shoppers like Berdsch are glad the FDA is taking care of the problem.

"Well I guess it's good for them to inform people if there is something out there they need to know about. That's their job, isn't it?" she said.

There are no confirmed e-coli cases in Missouri. So far only one man died in Wisconsin as a result of consuming bagged spinach, but stores around mid-Missouri are taking precautions anyway.

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