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Cutchogue farm recalls baby spinach, mesclun after Salmonella sample

Satur Farms in Cutchogue has issued a recall of mesclun and baby spinach after a sample tested positive for Salmonella bacteria, according to U.S. Food and Drug Administration

No one has reported getting ill from digesting the product, the FDA notice posted Wednesday said. Satur Farms voluntarily issued the recall after the routine sampling by Florida Department of Agriculture and New York State Department of Agriculture.

Customers who purchased products containing Satur spinach are urged to return it to its place of purchase for a refund, the FDA said. The farm has asked all retailers to hold and discontinue selling the product.

The product is packed in sealed poly bags and the affected lot numbers are: Spinach Lot #18494, Spinach Lot #18513  and Mesclun Lot #18520, according to the FDA.

Owner Paulette Satur was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon. In an interview with Newsday, she said the contaminated sample was discovered at a Whole Foods in Florida, where greens are grown during winter.

Whole Foods Market, which owns over 400 stores across the country, has recalled over 40 prepared dishes containing Satur spinach after the bacteria was discovered, a separate FDA bulletin said.

The recall affects New York, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Customers who purchased products containing Satur spinach from Whole Foods can bring a valid receipt into stores for a refund.

Salmonella poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain in healthy people. In more serious cases, Salmonella can result in arterial infections, endocarditis and arthritis, and even death in children and the elderly.

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