Wednesday, January 26, 2011


A new salad product recall by State Garden, Inc. of MA, has just been announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Some 90 different kinds of fresh salads are being recalled, many of them mixed, or with herbs, spices or dressing added.

There is nothing new about the type of contamination of fresh greens. It is that bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes again, which is so very common in ready-to-eat products of all kinds (just check back on the food alerts listed on this blog, and you'll see it everywhere).

Here are the facts for today's RTE salad recall.

Where products sold: a variety of retail stores on the East Coast, including AP, Giant, Stop & Shop and others.

Products recalled: a very long list of some 90 different RTE salads in a variety of sizes and packaging (bag, clamshell etc.) with brand names of Gold Quality, Hannaford, Natures Place, Nature's Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia’s Organics, Signature, Wegmans (gives you an idea of how complex our food system is, right?). Trace back codes 45693 and 45703. Go to this site for a complete list:

People at high risk: Pregnant women (risk to the newborn - including miscarriages, stillbirths, or serious health problems for the newborn), those with HIV/AIDS, anyone else with a compromised immune system, the very young and elderly. This bacteria can have fatal consequences in almost a quarter of cases of severe illness (compare to Salmonella - which has only about a 1% fatality rate).

Symptoms to watch out for:high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.


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