Lidl Frozen Chopped Spinach Recalled Due to Risk of Listeria

The product was shipped to stores in 9 states

Spinach packaging
Lidl frozen chopped spinach was recalled after a package was found to contain listeria.
Source: FDA

The manufacturer of Lidl-branded frozen chopped spinach recalled the product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the Food and Drug Administration announced. No illnesses have been reported.

Packages were shipped to Lidl supermarkets in Delaware, Georgia, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia.

The spinach is packed in 12-ounce bags marked with a lot number of R17742 or R17963 and a “best buy” date of 09/10/23 on the back of the package.

Close up of spinach dates and codes

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One bag of spinach tested positive for the bacteria during routine tests, manufacturer Frozen Food Development said in a statement. The company says it has suspended production of the frozen chopped spinach while it investigates the source of the contamination.

Lidl did not immediately respond to questions.

“Listeria bacteria can survive freezing temperatures,” says James E. Rogers, PhD, director of food safety and testing at Consumer Reports. “So if you have this spinach, even if you cooked some of it already, don’t take the chance.” Return the product to the store where you bought it for a refund or throw it away. 

If you have questions, contact Lidl Customer Care at 844-747-5435, Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST.

Risk of Listeria

The most common symptoms of listeria include diarrhea and fever. Most people recover without treatment. But listeria becomes more serious when an infection spreads beyond the gut, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and gets into a person’s bloodstream. 

People over the age of 65, those who are pregnant, and anyone with a weakened immune system are at particular risk for more serious complications, which can include death. In pregnant people, a listeria infection can cause miscarriage.

Symptoms of listeria can appear a week to four weeks after consuming contaminated food. But the CDC says there are cases where listeria occurred 70 days after consuming tainted foods.

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As a dorky kid, I spent many a Saturday at the Bloomington, Ind., public library, scouring Consumer Reports back issues for great deals. Now, as a (much) bigger kid, that's still my job! Identifying products and services, especially in healthcare, that are safe, effective, and affordable—and highlighting those that aren't—is my top concern. Got a tip? Follow me on Twitter ( @Lisa_L_Gill)