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Salad Recall Expands Over Listeria Worries

A Massachusetts company has issued a recall list of more than 90 mixed salad greens and other fresh greens products distributed to retail stores on the East Coast under various brand names.

State Garden of Chelsea issued the recall notice after the Rhode Island Department of Health advised consumers earlier this week that a sample of “Northeast Spring Mix” salad at a store in that state had tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

According to a news release, State Garden said the greens, which include romaine, arugula, spinach, and sweet lettuce products, were processed in its plant on Jan. 4, 2011 and have trace back codes 45693 and 45703.  These trace back codes, which are the only ones involved in the recall, usually are located in the upper right hand corner of labels and bags. The recalled greens hve “best if used by” dates no later than Jan. 15, 2011. 

The salads, greens and blends under this recall were distributed to retail stores on the East Coast under various sizes and packaged under the brand names: Gold Quality, Hannaford, Natures Place, Natures Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia’s Organics, Signature, Wegmans. The greens were sold in clamshell containers or bags.

To see the recall list, label and package descriptions and retail outlets click here.

There have been no reports of Listeria illnesses linked to these products. The company said the recall is a precautionary measure and that it is working with the FDA and Massachusetts Department of Health.

Consumers purchased these products should not consume them.  They can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-888-841-6191 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (EST).

Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

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  • Doc Mudd

    Oh man, another organic producer contaminates a bunch of trendy organic product.
    We’re supposed to blindly believe this over-priced ‘organic’ crap is all safe and ‘healthy’ and so, so special. Turns out ‘organic’, which is only a marketing ploy, is every bit as prone to mismanagement as conventional. Of course it is, it’s no different except in consumer perception and snob appeal.
    Caveat emptor, baby, caveat emptor

  • Heather

    Unfortunately not all organics are created equally. It’s only a marketing ploy for big agra that wants their piece of the “organic” pie, like “Nature’s Promise Organics”, which is a national store brand and on this list of recalls. Unfortunately, nowadays the organic foods you buy need to be from a trusted source…not sources. These conventional farmers carry on their conventional practices when they take on carrying an organic label. Horizon for example, is owned by giant Dean foods (conventional foods) and buys their “organic” dairy cows from sellers that have given them antibiotics, growth hormones etc. And when these corporate organic companies grow so large, they can’t supply enough for the demand and end up getting their own “farm product” from various places. Listeria, salmonella, and e coli do not grow on vegetables by the way. These types of bacteria grow around animals and due to the poor handling practices of these factories. This salad was cross contaminated by animals. Organics do have their place with quite a few people in the population, please educate yourself on the effects of the water supply, soil, and health issues/disease that arise from foods that harbor pesticides, fertilizers, and gm crops. Then maybe you will understand the benefits and importance of going organic and why they are more expensive.

  • David Heaster

    I understand people’s skepticism. I would be also – except for one thing. I have been in the Plant in question, as well as many other plants that must be extremely sanitary. State Gardens facility is HANDS DOWN the best I have ever witnessed. If you could imagine a clean room facility worthy of a space shuttle launch, you would come close to the precautions and extremes this organization goes through, every minute of every day.
    They even have permanent employees stationed at the farms of the organic growers. I find it incredible that they have an issue – but I am confident it will not be because of the greens themselves. This is an outstanding company.

  • Alexandra

    David Heaster do you work/own State gardens by any chance?? your coment seems to me of someone with a special interest in lifting up that companies image for profit but anyhow I spend the little extra $$$ to get my vegetables organic and just to hear this news is depressing. I am seriously thinking in growing my own vegetables… tired of pesticides, contamination of water and soil that is passed on to all of us when we eat the vegetables we think are good for us. No wonder the explosion of Cancer everywhere. Everyone I know has a friend, relative or neighbor with Cancer.

  • marigold

    It seems like I need more access to how to get food and water tested, in order to revesl unhealthy contaminates., instead of
    doubts and fears and like you are playing a game or win and lose, at the market.