Old Soul Farms LLC of St. Paris, OH, is recalling multiple leafy greens products after testing showed contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

“The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes was from a routine facility test of rainwater holding tanks in the greenhouse facility as well as testing from a customer who received contaminated Basil product,” according to the company’s recall notice posted by the Food and Drug Administration. 

“Multiple samples of all products from multiple Lot Codes as well as additional water testing has been completed. The positive test for Listeria monocytogenes in the product has been determined that it was an isolated event.”

The recall includes arugula, basil, finstar, green bibb, romaine, and spring mix. The company did not provide distribution details or photos of the products.

Consumer-sized products under recall include clamshells in 1 oz, 4 oz, and 5 oz sizes. The affected clamshell greenhouse products lot codes are 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 201, 202, and 203. These lot codes and best-by dates can be located at the bottom of the clamshell. 

Bulk product is also being recalled with sizes ranging from 1-pound to 25-pound clear bags. The affected lot dates of the bulk products are below. If bought in bulk, the lot code is located on the case label.

The expiration dates for all arugula, Finster, green bibb, romaine, and spring mix are 7/23/2021, 7/24/2021, 7/25/2021, 7/26/2021, 7/27/2021, 7/29/2021, and 7/30/2021. 

The basil expiration dates are 7/20/2021, 7/21/2021, 7/22/2021, 7/23/2021, 7/24/2021, 7/26/2021, and 7/27/2021.

No illnesses had been reported as of the posting of the recall notice.

Any consumers who purchased the possibly affected products are advised to not consume and dispose of them immediately. Consumers with any questions and concerns may contact the company at 937-802- 9192.

Specific products being recalled are as follows.

Arugula (lbs) Basil (lbs) Finstar (lbs) Green Bibb (lbs)
Romaine Spring Mix

About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.

Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.

Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.

Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

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