On the 17th of January, 2024 the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shared BrightFarms recall of spinach and salad kits grown by Element Farms due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Grown in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, the BrightFarms recalled spinach also has potential to affect salad kit and has thus been recalled.
The presence of Listeria monocytogenes was discovered after a routine testing conducted by Element Farms revealed BrightFarms spinach’s contamination. As the United States Food and Drug Administration elaborated, Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that, “…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…” Listeriosis has also been known to cause complications at birth, miscarriages or other fetal-anomalies. The FDA is warning customers to avoid consumption of BrightFarms spinach and/or salad kit products. Individuals who have consumed the below products on the FDA-published chart are encouraged to be vigilant in watching for the afore-mentioned symptoms.
|BrightFarms Baby Spinach
|BrightFarms MediterraneanCrunch Kit
|BrightFarms Chickpea CaesarCrunch Kit
|BrightFarms Bacon RanchCrunch Kit
BrightFarms, whose mission is to reportedly “…Give more people access to the freshest, tastiest, cleanest, most responsibly grown produce available,” has promptly recalled and ceased distribution of their spinach and salad kit products.
If experiencing symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, fever, or any other adverse reactions after consuming BrightFarms spinach or salad kit products, customers should be prompt about contacting their personal healthcare provider and alerting public health safety officials.