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Newsfront - January 26, 2007

Spinach back on the menu

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is once again including raw, fresh spinach in its lunch program after a temporary ban on the vegetable was recently lifted.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer alert in September advising consumers not to eat bagged spinach and some related products in the wake of reported incidents involving E. coli bacteria. Sodexho School Services, the district's food services provider, immediately banned fresh spinach to all the schools it serves throughout the country. Based on the recommendation from the FDA and its own Food Safety Team, Sodexho recently lifted the ban.

"Spinach provides lots of vitamins and minerals and we are happy to bring back this healthy vegetable to our students," said Luis Batiza, district food service consultant. "We are confident that it is perfectly safe to bring back spinach at this time."

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