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Salmonella Warning Issued for Red Leaf Lettuce

Southern California residents are being warned by health authorities not to eat certain Fresh Choice Marketing red leaf lettuce sold at three grocers because the lettuce may be contaminated with Salmonella.

 To date, no illnesses have been reported. 

According to a California Department of Public Health news release, the recalled red leaf lettuce was sold between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1 at Canton Food Co in Los Angeles, Cardenas Market and Numero Uno Market locations throughout Southern California. The red leaf lettuce was produced by Fresh Choice Marketing of Oxnard. It was available in grocery stores as whole head lettuce with no identifying label. 

While the contaminated red leaf lettuce is no longer being sold, CDPH investigators are concerned that consumers may still have some in their homes. Consumers should discard the lettuce or return it to the store of purchase for a refund. 

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness. 

CDPH recommends that consumers experiencing any ill effects after consuming these products should consult their health care provider.  Consumers who observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll free complaint line at 800-495-3232.

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