Spinach Set to Return to Store Shelves

Fresh spinach may be back on shelves as early as today, industry sources say.

Published on: Sep 26, 2006

The Web site Supermarket News is reporting today that fresh spinach could be back on store shelves after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration advised consumers they can safely eat spinach that is confirmed to have been grown outside the implicated California counties. FDA made that confirmation on Sunday.

According to the report, work is underway on a system to label the spinach so consumers can be confident it doesn't come from the three counties. That process is well underway and according to the Produce Marketing Association, retailers could be putting bags of spinach back on shelves Tuesday.

The industry trade group reports that fresh spinach sales may take some time to rebuild.