US producers of Savoy Spinach, also known as curly spinach, have said they are ready to ship their product as soon as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ban on spinach sales, imposed after flat leaf spinach was found to contain e-coli, is lifted, and promote their product as an alternative to flat leaf spinach.
“Savoy Spinach is primarily grown in the near west, eastern and southern parts of the United States,” said Michael Fechter, vice president of Tosca Ltd., which supplies containers to 95% of the Savoy Spinach market nationally. “Restaurants throughout the United States use Savoy Spinach, but many consumers don’t realise there is an alternative to flat leaf spinach.”
While Savoy Spinach growers are being seriously impacted by the ban on all spinach sales, Dondee Lindenborn of Pentagon Produce in Uvalde, Texas says he believes that when the ban is lifted, consumers will find Savoy Spinach to be a good alternative to flat leaf spinach. “We offer a high quality, great tasting product that offers consumers a choice over flat leaf spinach.”
“We are ready to go with product as soon as we are allowed to ship,” said David and Martha Schreck of Action Produce, based in Center, Colorado. “We view this ban as a temporary setback, but also as an opportunity to educate the public about what we have to offer.”