Bagged salads recalled after Michigan sample tests positive for listeria

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Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.
Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp chopped salad kit.

Have you recently bought bagged salad? Check your refrigerator for Fresh Express Sweet Hearts Romaine Sweet Butter lettuce salad mix and others.

Federal and state health officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of listeria monocytogenes infections linked to the product.

The recall was prompted after a sample collected by the Michigan Department of Agricultural and Rural Development (MDARD) tested positive for listeria and was a match for the strain.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating the outbreak of illnesses.

Consumers are advised not to eat the product and toss it out or return it to the place of purchase. Restaurants and retailers are advised not to eat, sell or serve the recalled products.

Ten people have become infected and there have been 10 hospitalizations in eight states, including Michigan. One death has been reported.

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Fresh Express has voluntarily recalled the products and ceased production at their Streamwood, Illinois facility, according to a news release.

The product is packaged in 9-plastic bags. Other recalled products are in various sizes. The FDA also recommends that consumers be extra vigilant about cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with the recalled products to prevent and reduce the risk of cross-contamination.

Listeria can cause serious and fatal infections in children, the elderly, and those weakened immune systems, the FDA and CDC say.

A list of recalled products, which includes spinach, spring mix, coleslaw, and chopped salad kits, is available on the FDA website.

The recall includes all "Use-By Dates" of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350.

Consumers can also call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at 800-242-5472 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

The CDC is also investigating a separate listeria outbreak link to Dole Fresh Vegetables packaged salads.

Dole Fresh Vegetables has voluntarily recalled several brands of its packaged salads. The recall covers products with "best if used by" dates from Nov. 30 through Jan. 8, 2022. Products include mixed greens, garden salads, Caesar kits and other packages and bags of salads.

Several brands are listed in this recall and include: Ahold, Dole, Kroger, Lidl, Little Salad Bar, Marketside, Naturally Better, Nature's Promise and Simply Nature.

Dole salads, according to a news release, were processed at its Bessemer City, North Carolina and Yuma, Arizona facilities. The lot code begins with the letter "N" or "Y" in the upper right-hand corner of the package.

The Dole recall came after products were randomly sampled in Georgia and Michigan.

Consumers can also call the Dole Consumer Response Center at 800-356-3111, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri.

With both products, if you have them in your refrigerator, you should not consume the product and discard it.

If you are experiencing symptoms of listeria infection the CDC advises contacting your health care provider.

Symptoms of listeria infection

The CDC says symptoms of listeria infection can be different depending on the person and part of the body affected.

Healthy individuals may experience high fever, severe headaches, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.

Symptoms usually start one to four weeks after eating food contaminated with listeria. But they can also start as late as 70 days after exposure, the CDC says.

Pregnant women

Typically, pregnant women experience only fever and other flu-like symptoms, such as fatigue and muscle aches. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

Higher-risk other than pregnant women

Symptoms can include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions in addition to fever and muscle aches.

What to do

The CDC says germs from the recalled product could spread to refrigerator drawers or shelves. It's important to throw out the food product and clean your refrigerator. Here's what to do:

  • Throw out the recalled food and any food stored with it or touching it. Place it in a sealed bag. If was in a separate container, wash the container with hot soapy water before reusing.

  • Empty your refrigerator and take out shelving and drawers and other parts. Wash all the parts with hot, soapy water and dry with a clean towel.

  • Wipe the inside of the refrigerator with hot, soapy water. wipe with clean water to rinse the soap off. Dry with a towel.

  • You can sanitize the inside of the refrigerator using a solution of 1 tablespoon liquid bleach in 1 gallon of water after cleaning with hot soapy water.

  • Return shelves and drawers and other items removed.

  • Wipe food containers with hot, soapy water before returning to the refrigerator.

Source: CDC.gov

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Fresh Express, Dole ​bagged salad recalled for possible listeria

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