Target, Aldi, and Domino's Recall Salad Products Over E. Coli Fears
If pre-made salads have a spot in your fridge, be sure to give them a once-over if you got them from Target or Aldi recently.
On Thursday, November 21, the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a widespread recall for nearly 100,000 pounds of salad products containing meat or poultry due to possible E. coli contamination.
The products—which can be found at Target, Domino's, Aldi, and various other east coast storefronts—are made by Missa Bay, a New Jersey-based producer.
Thankfully, there are a few surefire ways to spot the products that could be infected.
For starters, the products were all produced between October 14 and October 16, 2019, so if you're wondering about a product outside of those dates, it's probably not affected (though it may be well past its use-by date).
For another, these products all have the USDA mark of inspection number of "EST. 18502B." If you see that, toss whatever you're holding.
Finally, 22 states were affected:
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
If you don't live in those areas, you're probably fine.
Reportedly, the Maryland Department of Health uncovered the E. coli contamination while investigating a foodborne illness. They tested a bag of Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Caesar Salad and found the bacteria, and alerted the FSIS.
Some other affected products include:
- the Aldi Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad
- the Domino GB Salad
- the Signature Farms Bistro Santa Fe
- the Target Bowl Chicken Caesar
For a full list of all affected products, take a look at this comprehensive FSIS spreadsheet.
CBS New York reports that 17 people from eight states are infected so far.
Symptoms of an E. coli infection—which, according to the Mayo Clinic, include diarrhea, vomiting, and major cramps—usually show up two to five days after ingestion. And, although the condition usually goes away on its own, you can never be too safe. If you believe you might be infected, get yourself to a doctor ASAP.