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 release, Fresh Express customer service representatives are contacting retailers to confirm the product was removed from their inventories and store shelves. While it is unlikely that consumers would have the expired Hearts of Romaine salads in their refrigerators, Fresh Express encourages anyone who finds the products to discard the salad.  The recall was issued after a sample of a package of 10 oz. Hearts of Romaine salad tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during U.S. Food and Drug Administration random sampling. Fresh Express stated that the UPC Code of 71279 26102, located on the back of the package below the barcode, would help identify recalled product, which was distributed in limited quantities to the following states:  AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MO, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV.

  • John

    And how exactly can we be sure that their processing equipment is not contaminated and can be trusted to not spread bacteria to more lots?

  • Jo

    Another recall handily issued AFTER its expiration date has passed — how timely!
    And the highly processed “Fresh Express” (et al) leafy greens have already been stamped with a 17 day shelf life — where listeria and other virulent microbes can multiply in their incubation bags and clamshells — and expressed thousands of miles all around the country and to a supermarket shelf near you.
    This is really a risky industrial recipe for maximizing contamination…

  • Carlo Silvestri

    Why do these large companies seem to wait until the lot is expired before issuing a recall? I guess they want to maximize profits at the expense of individuals’ health.

  • Ben

    With all the praise for the leafy green amendment there should not be contaminated lettuce on the market at all. The lot number system looks like it doesn’t work either and a trace-up system is not in place to protect the consumer.
    As recalls are very costly for every food handler it’s cheaper to let the consumers take care of the problem. Not everybody that feels sick runs to a doctor or hospital. At the moment is pretty hard to find out which contaminated food made you sick anyway.