Chiquita Brands’ subsidiary, Fresh Express, is recalling fresh Express Romaine-based ready-to-eat bagged salads because of possible <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">Salmonella contamination. According to the recall notice, this action is being undertaken because a random test conducted by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) detected Salmonella in single package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad.
Salmonella is an organism that may cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals. It can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Consumers with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.
This recall affects salads with the expired Use-by Dates of May 13th through May 16th and an “S” in the Product Code. No other Fresh Express salads are included in the recall.
The recalled salads were sold in: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. A full list of products affected by this recall can be found here.
Because it is still possible that products bearing the Use-by Dates of May 13th -16th and an “S” in the Product Code could be on store shelves, Fresh Express is extending this recall to retailers as well as consumers.
Consumers are being asked to check their refrigerators for Fresh Express Romaine-based salads with use-by dates of May 13th through May 16th and an “S” in the Product Code. The Use-by Date is found in the upper right hand corner of the package with the Product Code located immediately underneath. For Fresh Express Gourmet CafÃ© Salads, the Use-by Date and Product Code are located on the bottom of the salad bowl.
Consumers who may have potentially affected product are asked to make a note of the Use-by Date and Product Code, immediately dispose of the product, and contact a Fresh Express consumer representative toll-free at (800) 242-5472, 24 hours per day, Monday – Friday, to obtain a full refund.