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This Beloved Bagged Salad Kit Is Being Recalled

The product was sold in stores like Walmart, Publix, and Kroger, across 15 states.

A popular salad kit distributed to stores in 15 states has been recalled due to possible contamination, according to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). A random inspection by food producer Fresh Express of a 10.5-ounce package of its Caesar Supreme salad kit revealed a positive E. coli test.

The recalled salad comes in purple, green, and clear plastic packaging with a use-by date of Nov. 8, 2020 and a product code of S296. No illnesses or customer complaints have been reported, but the company is voluntarily issuing the recall "out of an abundance of caution in the unlikely event the product, which is now 8 days past the Use-By Date, is still in stores or consumers' homes," according to an announcement from the FDA. (Related: 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

The salad kit was distributed in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. No specific retailers are mentioned in the recall notice. However, Walmart, Kroger, Target, and more are listed on Fresh Express' website as places to buy the kits. To see the full list, click here.

Eating a product contaminated with E. coli can cause diarrhea, stomach cramping, and vomiting. The symptoms can last for a week or longer. "Consumers who may still have the expired product at home in their refrigerators should discard and not consume it," the announcement says.

This isn't the only lettuce to be recalled recently because of possible E. coli contamination. Bags of romaine lettuce sold at Walmart are the suspected cause of two recent illness cases. Back in September, a teenage girl contracted a foodborne illness after eating a salad bowl from a Chipotle in Ohio. Lawyers have now filed two lawsuits against the fast-casual Mexican chain on her behalf.

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Amanda McDonald
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