Spinach, nose spray taken off shelves

Recall reaches Cayman Isl-ands

Supermarkets have pulled bags of
fresh spinach and nasal sprays from their shelves in response to recalls in the
US.

Foster’s Food Fair IGA said it
removed Krisp-Pak Hydro-Cooled Fresh Spinach, also known as Cello Fresh, after
Lancaster Foods LLC, in consultation with the US Food and Drug Administration,
issued a voluntary recall of the product due to a listeria scare.

Lancaster Foods LLC initiated the
recall because laboratory tests showed the vegetable could be contaminated with
listeria monocytogenes.

The recall followed a random sample
test by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Food and Drug Protection
Division on fresh spinach that was confirmed positive for listeria
monocytogenes. No illnesses have been associated with this possible contamination.

Although healthy individuals may
suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness,
nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhoea, Listeria M. infection can cause serious
and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and
others with weakened immune systems. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

Consumers who bought this product
should stop using it immediately. Anyone suffering adverse reactions is advised
to see a doctor.

Fosters Food Fair IGA, in a press
release, stated it would refund customers who return the product.

The recall only affects spinach
with the best enjoyed dates of 19 June through 27 June 2010. The barcode is 000
33383 65201.

Stores have also removed 4 Hour
Decongestant Nasal Spray/Sinex Nasal Spray after Procter and Gamble recalled
the produce after finding it did not meet the expiration dates on the package.
This action was not the result of consumer complaints.

The company advised customers who
bought the nasal spray to stop using it immediately and consult a physician if
there were any adverse reactions.

The nasal spray UPC
or barcode is 3 23900 00085 8.

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Sinex nasal spray has been subject to a recall by Procter and Gamble.
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