May 21, 2003
Fresh Express Has Recalled Hearts of
Salinas, CA (SafetyAlerts) -
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Fresh Express has recalled
earts of Romaine salad 10oz code S111A18B with an expiration date of May 6,
2003 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes 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 headaches, stiffness, nausea,
abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and
stillbirths among pregnant women.
Hearts of Romaine was distributed through retail stores in the following
states and provinces: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado,
Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio,
Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Alberta, British
Columbia, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Consumers that may have a bag of Hearts of Romaine salad 10oz code S111A18B
with a use-by-date of May 6, 2003 should throw the product away or bring it
back to their retailer for a refund.
The company recently learned that a routine test of a single sample
conducted on April 30th by an independent party indicated the presence of
Listeria monocytogenes. It is not anticipated that any of this product is in
the marketplace due to the fact that it is well beyond its expiration date
and it is a highly perishable product.
Even though it is highly unlikely that any product so far beyond its
expiration date still exists, this voluntary, precautionary recall is being
issued to safeguard consumer interests.
No illnesses have been reported or associated with Fresh Express Hearts of
Romaine product or any other Fresh Express products. Consumers with any
questions may contact the company at (800) 242-5472.