RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Tests by a state agency have prompted the voluntary recall of spinach sold in North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia.
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said in a statement Wednesday that Lancaster Foods of Jessup, Md. is recalling its Krisp-Pak Ready to Eat Hydro-Cooled Fresh Spinach.
Routine tests found Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious ailments in pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.
The agency's Food and Drug Protection Division found the bacteria in a sample from an Elizabeth City store.
Director Dan Ragan says no illnesses linked to the spinach have been reported.
The company is asking people who bought the product to throw out the spinach, save the package and call 1-800-247-8125.