Listeria worry prompts salad recall

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If you're thinking of having salad today, you'll want to take precautions when using bagged salad greens, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of California has expanded a voluntary recall of retail and food service bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogene, discovered during routine tests conducted in the marketplace by the FDA.

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 and in Canada under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmer's Market. Food service salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch and Sysco.

The recalled retail and food service salad bags have either "Best By" code dates between May 12 and 29, and Julian dates between 118 - 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.

For a complete list of the recalled produce, go to www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls. No other products, brands or code dates aside from those listed below are affected by this recall to date.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with this recall, the company said.

Consumers who bought the bagged salads are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. For more information call 800-762-7708.

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