Fresh Express is recalling 2,825 cases of Veggie Lovers Salad with a Product Code of I208 and Use-by Date of August 10, 2010 because the bags of ready-to-eat salad greens could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogens.
The bags of salad were distributed in 13 states: Missouri, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Kansas, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It may have been redistributed to another 14 states: Arkansas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, Minnesota, Washington D.C., Virginia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Mississippi.
Consumers should check their refrigerators and discard any recalled salad. For information, call 800-242-5472, MondayFriday, 5 a.m. 8 p.m. PT.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, symptoms of Listeria infection may include "fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea. If it spreads to the nervous system symptoms may include headache, stiff neck or confusion. The illness primarily impacts pregnant women and adults with weakened immune systems. Most healthy adults and children rarely become seriously ill."
This is the third recall announced by Fresh Express, a wholly owned subsidiary of Chiquita, this year: it recalled Romaine lettuce products in July because of possible E. coli contamination and Romaine salads in May because of possible Salmonella contamination. Fresh Express originated the salad-in-a-bag concept, and claims that it sells its greens to 20 million U.S. consumers every week.
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