River Ranch Fresh Foods has expanded a voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The organism was found following routine random retail salad finished product tests conducted in the marketplace by the Food & Drug Administration.
Retail salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market, which is sold at .
The varieties include Farmer's Market Garden Supreme, Garden Salad, Leafy Romaine, American Salad, Parisian Blend, Romaine Garden Salad and Shredded Lettuce.
The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have “Best By” code dates between May 12 and May 22. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.
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.
So far, there haven't been any reported illnesses.
Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-800-762-7708.