E. coli fear sparks salad recall

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Nearly 5,400 cases of bagged salad greens have been recalled because of possible contamination, U.S. Drug and Food Administration officials said today.

Ready Pac Foods Inc. of California is recalling cases of bagged salad products containing Romaine lettuce with the Use-by Date of Nov. 18 because they may be contaminated with E. coli The organism can cause diarrheal illness often with bloody stools.

While healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome, most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

The recalled product lettuce was sold in several states, including Washington and Oregon.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The lettuce was packaged and sold as follows, all with a Nov. 18 use-by date:

  • 10-ounce, Ready Pac Caesar Romaine,
  • 91/4-ounce, Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad
  • 10-ounce, Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad
  • 10-ounce, Ready Pac Bella Romaine
  • 10-ounce, Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit
  • 10-ounce, Raley's Caesar Romaine
  • 10-ounce, Trader Joe's Romaine Salad
  • 16-ounce,Trader Joe's Very American Salad
  • 10-ounce, Safeway Farms Caesar Romaine
  • 9-ounce, Safeway Farms Hearts of Romaine
  • 10-ounce, Safeway Farms Complete Caesar Supreme
  • 10.25-ounce, Safeway Farms Complete Southwestern Ranch


The voluntary recall was initiated based on a single, positive random sample result for E. coli reported to Ready Pac by the FDA. Because it is still possible that products could be on store shelves, this recall extends to retailers as well as consumers, the company said. People who have the recalled product are asked to record the use-by date and UPC number, immediately dispose of the product and contact Ready Pac Consumer Affairs at 800-800-7822.

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