Listeria worry leads to lettuce recall

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A California company is voluntarily recalling 90 cartons of two-pound bags of chopped romaine lettuce because of potential listeria contamination.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, True Leaf Farms shipped the produce Sept. 12 and 13 to an institutional food service distributor in Oregon, which then distributed it in Washington and Idaho.

The romaine affected by this recall has a "use by date" of 9/29/11. No illnesses related to this lettuce have been reported.

Listeria 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.

The recalled bags were packed in True Leaf Farms cardboard cartons and distributed by Church Brothers LLC.

The company is working with the federal government to pull all the affected lettuce out of circulation. Anyone who has the recalled romaine as described above should not eat it, and should either destroy it or call Church Brothers for product pickup. For more information contact the company at 800-799-9475 or www.churchbrothers.com.

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