COVERAGE, 4 P.M., MAY 1) A
Wisconsin spinach processor has recalled about 8,000 retail packs and 1,200
pounds of wholesale and foodservice product because of salmonella fears.
A routine test by the
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection resulted
in a positive sample of salmonella in a bag of Arizona-grown curly leafy
spinach packed by Milwaukee-based Kleen-Pak Foods, according to the Food
and Drug Administration and Jerry Kowaleski, Kleen-Pak’s vice president.
No illnesses have been
reported, and government tests found no salmonella in spinach in Kleen-Pak
coolers, Kowaleski said. As of April 30, additional tests on the company’s
processing equipment were pending.
The spinach was
shipped to Kleen-Pak by Pinto Creek Co. LLC, Queen Creek, Ariz.,
The contaminated pack was
found in a Sysco warehouse, Kowaleski said. Sysco was notified April 27,
and both the state ag department and Kleen-Pak announced the recall April
29, he said.
The recalled product is
Kleen-Pak-branded 10-ounce and 1-pound packages and has a use-by date of
April 29, April 30 or May 1. It was distributed in Wisconsin, Minnesota and
the Chicago area.