Fresh Express today announced a recall of Caesar salad kits because a sample tested positive for E. Coli O26. The product is past its expiration date, but company officials are concerned that consumers may still have unused portions in their homes.

The 10.5-ounce salad kits are eight days past the use-by date on the packaging. Fresh Express officials said in their recall notice that in addition to possibly still being in consumers’ homes the salad kits could still be in stores.

“The recalled product was distributed primarily in Western and Southwestern U.S. states,” according to the company’s recall notice.

“No illnesses are reported, and no consumer complaints have been received by the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center in association with this recall.”

Consumers, retailers, and distributors can use the following information to determine whether they have the recalled salad kits on hand:

  • 10.5 oz. Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme with Product Code S296 and Use-By Date NOV 8, located in the upper right corner on the front of the package and UPC Code 0 7127930104 4 on the reverse side of the package.
  • Possible Distribution: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

For questions or to obtain refunds, consumers may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll free at 800 242-5472 during the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST.  Refunds are also available where purchased.

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