Fresh Express Recalls More Bagged Salads, This Time for E. ColiJul 15, 2010 | Parker Waichman LLP
Fresh Express is recalling bagged salads because of possible contamination from E. coli O157:H7. This recall involves certain Romaine lettuce salad products with expired Use-by Dates of July 8 – 12 and an “S” in the Product Code. No other Fresh Express products are impacted.
This is the second recall of a Fresh Express bagged salad since May. That month, the firm recalled Romaine-based ready-to-eat bagged salads because of possible Salmonella contamination.
According to today’s notice, this latest recall is being issued because one package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad yielded a positive result for E. coli O157:H7 in a random sample test collected and conducted by a third-party laboratory for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.
The recalled salad products were distributed in California, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, Washington and Nevada. A complete listing of products involved in this recall can be found here.
Consumers have been advised to check their refrigerators for Fresh Express Romaine salads with Use-by Dates of July 8 – 12 and an “S” in the Product Code. Retailers should check their inventories and store shelves to confirm that none of the product is mistakenly present or available for purchase by consumers.
E. coli O157:H7 is a bacterium that can cause serious foodborne illness in a person who eats a food item contaminated with it. Symptoms of infection may include severe and often bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Often, little or no fever is present. Most healthy adults recover within a week. Young children and the elderly are at higher risk for developing Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS) as a result of the infection. HUS can lead to serious kidney damage and death. Consumers who may experience these symptoms should consult a doctor.
Fresh Express’ previous recall for potentially Salmonella-tainted Romaine salads involved those with the expired Use-by Dates of May 13th through May 16th and an “S” in the Product Code. Those products were sold in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. No illnesses were traced to those recalled salads.