FDA Investigates Salmonella Outbreak of Packaged Salad Greens

BrightFarms expanded its recall of baby spinach salad to include its Illinois facility.

July 30, 2021

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WASHINGTON—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to the consumption of BrightFarms packaged salad greens produced in the firm’s Rochelle, Ill., facility.

After the FDA visited the facility and collected samples, some environmental samples tested positive for Salmonella Liverpool. Whole Genome Sequencing analysis revealed that the Salmonella found in these environmental samples was different from the outbreak strain. The FDA is continuing its investigation and additional sample results are pending.

BrightFarms recalled additional packaged salad greens to include the Baby Spinach salad greens with a “Best By” date through 7/26/2021 produced in its Rochelle, Ill.,  greenhouse farm. The firm is not producing or distributing products from areas associated with environmental samples that tested positive for Salmonella.

The FDA is continuing to work with BrightFarms to determine if there are additional products or "Best By" dates that could have been affected. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

The agency issued the following recommendation related to the outbreak: Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should not eat, sell or serve recalled BrightFarms packaged salad greens produced in Rochelle, Ill. This includes the baby spinach packaged salad listed in the firm’s expanded recall. The salads are packaged in a plastic clamshell container labeled as “fresh from Rochelle, Ill.” According to the firm, these products were distributed in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan.

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