Bagged salads from multiple companies are being recalled because of possible contamination with listeria bacteria. No illnesses have been reported at the time of publishing this post.
The salads include a variety, ranging from iceberg lettuce to slaw mix, and are sold under the brand names River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market.
Older people and people with suppressed immune systems are at risk of potentially fatal illness. Listeria can cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Healthy people may experience high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea from listeria food poisoning.
The Listeria contamination was found during a routine, random FDA inspection of salads in the marketplace.
The recalled retail and food service salad bags have either “Best By” code dates of 12MAY2012 – 22MAY2012 or a Julian date between 116 and 125.