Arugula Recall Hits Major Retail Chain

( – Packages of arugula are being recalled by Publix supermarkets after Green Life Farms’ Hydroponic Baby Arugula products were found contaminated with salmonella, a bacteria which can cause food poisoning.

Routine quality control caught the potential contamination. They detected the bacteria in just one harvest of their product. The company advises shoppers to return the product to wherever they bought it for a full refund.

A press statement from Publix said that Green Life Farms was putting out a voluntary recall for lot #LW15124 out of an abundance of caution after routine testing detected potential contamination. The arugula is sold in containers made of clear plastic with the lot number written on the top.

The recall applies to all Publix stores: they have 1,376 locations in eight states including Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama.

The impacted lot was available for purchase from May 31, 2024 forward, so it only applies to products purchased in the first two weeks of June. Green Life Farms invited concerned customers to call or email them with any questions: 1-888-213-9603 or [email protected].

Salmonella poisoning can induce a wide range of symptoms including fever, diarrhea, headache, nausea and vomiting. The infection is compounded in patients who are very young, very old, or have compromised immune systems. People who recently took antibiotics, regularly take an antacid, or have chronic digestive issues are also at a heightened risk.

The Cleveland Clinic shared data that suggested there were over a million infections with salmonella in the U.S. each year, with 26,500 hospitalizations, and roughly 420 deaths.

Anyone who suspects food poisoning with salmonella should be sure to drink plenty of fluids as dehydration is more likely. There are also over the counter medicines available to aid with nausea and diarrhea and the disease typically resolves on its own. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms is advised to contact their physician.

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