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Fresh Express recalls bagged, chopped romaine

Chiquita Brands International’s salad division, Fresh Express Inc., is recalling bagged, chopped romaine because a production line error resulted in condiment packets for other products being included in the romaine bags. The condiments’ ingredients are not included on the chopped romaine labels and therefore pose an allergen threat for people with food allergies or sensitivities… Continue Reading

Final Report Adds Details to E. Coli Outbreak from Trader Joe’s Salads

In October 2013, 33 people in four states were sickened by E. coli O157:H7 in an outbreak that was quickly traced back to pre-packaged salads sold at Trader Joe’s grocery locations. On Monday, the California Department of Public Health released its final report on the outbreak with a wealth of new details on the investigation,… Continue Reading

Publisher’s Platform: Leafy Green Cone of Silence


Over the years, we have investigated and pieced together several leafy green outbreaks that are never publicly announced despite being the cause of severe illness.  Here is an outbreak from 2009 that should have prompted a multi-state public health warning and recall, but was instead quietly put under the “leafy green cone of silence” as… Continue Reading

Taylor Farms Romaine Lettuce Recalled for Possible Listeria

Taylor Farms is recalling 110 cases of Taylor Farms Hearts of Romaine 10 oz. bags of romaine lettuce due to possible contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. The affected product bears a UPC of 0-30223-04032-3 and features a best-by date of today, Dec. 13, 2012. The product was sold in California and Florida. No reported illnesses have… Continue Reading

Publix Supermarkets Recalls Romaine Hearts Sold in South

Ten-ounce plastic bags of chopped hearts of romaine supplied to Publix Supermarkets by Ready Pac and sold under the Publix Hearts of Romaine brand are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. A sample of the product tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was positive for Listeria, a sometimes-deadly pathogen that also can… Continue Reading

Fresh Express Recalls Expired Romaine After Positive Test

Fresh Express has recalled an expired produce product because a test on one package came back positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled 9 0z. Leafy Green Romaine Salad carry the expired use-by date of September 16. Consequently, the recalled product is no longer available in stores. Fresh Express issued the recall to cover the unlikely… Continue Reading

Expired Bagged Salad Recalled by Fresh Express

Fresh Express, Inc. announced Sunday that the company was recalling a limited quantity of expired 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad with the expired Use-by Date of August 23, 2012 as a precaution due to a positive test for Listeria monocytogenes.  Product codes associated with the recall begin with “G2222”. According to a company press… Continue Reading

Tanimura & Antle Recalls Romaine Lettuce in US and Canada

Californian produce grower Tanimura & Antle has voluntarily recalled a single lot of romaine lettuce shipped to 19 states, Canada and Puerto Rico due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination. The company’s announcement comes two days after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced it was recalling the product in Canada after the agency detected E…. Continue Reading