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This Popular Salad Brand Just Issued a Huge Recall on Its Products

The bagged salads that shipped to nearly 20 different states may be contaminated with Listeria.
FACT CHECKED BY Faye Brennan

If you've purchased pre-packaged salad lately, you're going to want to check your fridge. You might be at risk of being exposed to Listeria, a recent FDA recall notes.

Popular salad company Fresh Express is voluntarily recalling 225 products produced in its Streamwood, Illinois plant due to potential Listeria contamination.

The recall includes all use-by dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350. The product code is the number printed below the use-by date on the front of the package.

The recall was prompted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture, which received a positive result for Listeria in a random sample test of a single package of Fresh Express Sweet Hearts salad mix with the use-by date of Dec. 8, 2021.

The recalled products were distributed through retailers in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. The recall includes some products sold under private label names, like Bowl and Basket from ShopRite and Wellsley Farms from BJ's.

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Fresh Express has halted all production at the Streamwood facility and is conducting a complete sanitation review. According to the FDA, the company has already been in contact with retailers that received the recalled products, instructing them to remove them from shelves and stop any further shipments to stores from distribution centers.

"Ten people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from eight states," said Frank Yiannas, FDA deputy commissioner for food policy and response. "We will continue to work with our partners and with Fresh Express to determine the source of this outbreak. We remain committed to transparency and providing updates as we learn more during our continuing traceback investigation."

In the event that you have any recalled products in your fridge, you should discard them immediately. To date, this outbreak has been associated with 10 illnesses, 10 hospitalizations, and one death, according to the FDA.

To reduce the risk of cross-contamination, the FDA recommends that anyone who bought the recalled products use extra vigilance in cleaning surfaces and containers that have come in contact with the bagged salads. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

For more recent recalls news, read up on 7 New Recalls at Costco, Trader Joe's, and More Supermarkets.

Kristen Warfield
Kristen Warfield is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz’s journalism program in the Hudson Valley region of New York. Read more about Kristen
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