River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, Calif., is recalling dozens of brands of bagged salads because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Retail salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmers Market. (See detailed lists of all products recalled at these two FDA sites: fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304724.htm and fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm304725.htm.)
Foodservice salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco.
The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have either Best By code dates between 12MAY2012 22MAY2012 or Julian dates between 116 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.
Consumers can return the salads to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information, call 1-800-762-7708.
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