Romaine Lettuce recall US and Canada

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Romaine Lettuce recall US and Canada

Postby Marie5656 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 8:21 pm

Romaine lettuce salads from the Fresh Express brand are being recalled by both U.S. and Canadian food safety agencies, because the products may be contaminated with E. coli.

The recall was initiated by the company, Fresh Express Incorporated, which is based in Salinas, California. No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall.

The voluntary recall involves Fresh Express salad products with expired use-by dates of July 8 – 12 and an "S" in the Product Code because they could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. See the complete list of the recalled products.

These include 6- to 3- ounce, romaine-based products such as romaine hearts and premium romaine salads. Stores and consumers should discard the bag; questions can be directed to the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472.

"The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution due to an isolated instance in which 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," according to a FDA press release.

Eating food contaminated by the E. coli 0157:H7 bacteria could cause symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, seizures, strokes and in severe cases of illness, people may die. What you should know about E. coli

Earlier this year, romaine lettuce was recalled in the United States. In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed that at least 23 people in four states had been sickened after eating romaine lettuce contaminated with E. coli bacteria. The two U.S. distributors, Freshway Foods and Vaughan Foods voluntarily recalled the products.
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