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Defense Commissary Agency stores in Europe are still keeping fresh spinach from the United States off their shelves.

And as of Monday, commissary officials did not have a projected date for the return of U.S.-source fresh spinach, according to a DeCA response to questions by Stars and Stripes.

On Sept. 15, in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration advisory to consumers not to eat fresh spinach at this time, DeCA Headquarters directed the immediate removal of all U.S. source fresh spinach and any salad mix that contained fresh spinach as an ingredient, according to a DeCA statement.

The FDA advisory was issued in wake of a recent E. coli outbreak in the U.S. linked to fresh spinach.

In European commissaries, certain kinds of fresh spinach and several other fresh produce items are available from European sources rather than U.S. sources. If loose fresh spinach is available at your local commissary, you may be assured that it is not from a U.S. source, according to a DeCA statement.

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