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Recall -- Firm Press Release

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Triple B Corporation dba S.T. Produce Recall of Fresh Spinach Salad Products for Possible E. coli Contamination

Bill Bagley

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Seattle, WA -- September 22, 2006 -- Triple B Corporation dba S.T. Produce, Seattle, WA. is initiating a northwest states voluntary recall of certain salad products that may contain spinach with a Use by Date of 08/22/2006 thru 09/20/2006.

The products recalled by S.T. Produce are:


  •  NWG Spinach Salad (5 oz.)
  •  Spinach Salad, QFC (5 oz.)
  •  Charlie's Spinach Salad (5 oz.)
  •  Charlie's Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad (10 oz.)
  •  NWG Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad (10 oz.)
  •  Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad, QFC (10 oz.)
  •  T/H Spring Mix Salad (5.5 oz.)
  •  T/H Mozzarella Spring Mix Salad (5.5 oz.)
  •  T/H Baby Spinach Salad (5.5 oz.)
  •  Walnut and Blue Cheese Salad w/ Grilled Chicken Breast (6.5 oz.)
  •  Larry's Market Tabouli & Goat Cheese Salad (10 oz.)
  •  Charlie's Seasonal Greens Salad (2.5 oz.)
  •  Charlie's Seasonal Greens Salad (4 oz.)
  •  Charlie's Baby Spinach Salad (6 oz.)
  •  Charlie's Baby Spinach Salad (5oz)
  •  Caesar Bowtie Noodle Salad Kit with Grilled Chicken Breast (6.9lbs)

Spinach used in these products may have been supplied from Natural Selections Foods, a California grower and processor, to S.T. Produce. This recall was initiated when Natural Selections Foods issued a nation-wide recall of all their products that contain spinach because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli 0157:H7 bacteria (E. coli). E. coli 0157:H7 causes a diarrhea illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

The recalled products were distributed in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana to Retail stores and Deli's. The salad products were sold in a hard plastic clamshell container with a "Use By" date of 08/22/2006 to 09/20/2006 located on the bottom of the container.

An investigation by the FDA, several states, and Natural Selections Foods is ongoing to identify the cause of the possible E. coli contamination.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for full refund. Customers with questions may contact the company through:

Bill Bagley – Food Safety Director – 206-625-1412 Monday --Friday.


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