Romaine lettuce recall expands to more grocery stores

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Days after health officials warned of a growing outbreak of Cyclospora infections “potentially linked” to certain store brands of garden salad mixes, more salads have been recalled and illnesses confirmed.

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in updated alerts Friday that the number of reported cases grew to 206 with 23 hospitalizations. The agencies have advised consumers to avoid select salads sold at Walmart, Hy-Vee, Aldi and Jewel-Osco stores.

According to the FDA, all of the recalled salads were manufactured by a Fresh Express production facility in Streamwood, Illinois.

Fresh Express issued a voluntary recall Saturday of dozens of branded and private label salad products produced at the facility that “contain iceberg lettuce, red cabbage, and/or carrot ingredients.”

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The Fresh Express recall includes salads with a product code Z178 or a lower number. The code is located in the upper right-hand corner of the front of the package and the recalled products were distributed to select retail stores between June 6 and 26 in 31 states, an expansion from the mid-western states previously announced.

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“Our immediate thoughts and concern are for those consumers who have become ill due to the outbreak,” Fresh Express said in a statement Saturday. ” an abundance of caution, we have issued a voluntary recall of both branded and private label salad products that were produced at the Streamwood facility and contain those ingredients.”

Earlier Saturday, Hy-Vee said it was recalling an additional 12 salads across its eight-state region due to the potential that they may be contaminated with Cyclospora.

In a news release announcing the Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad recall at Walmart stores, Fresh Express said it is “working in close coordination with FDA in its continuing investigation to identify a source of the Cyclospora outbreak.”

Cyclosporiasis is an intestinal illness caused by the microscopic parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis that can cause symptoms including diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, stomach cramps, bloating, increased gas, nausea and fatigue, the CDC says.

Last week, the FDA and CDC advised consumers in six Midwestern states to not eat certain salads bought at those supermarkets. On Tuesday, the heath alerts were expanded to 12 states. An Iowa couple has filed a lawsuit against Fresh Express.

Fresh Express recall

Fresh Express' recall Saturday included around 80 different salads in various sizes. The products have use by or before dates ranging from June 25 through July 14.

The products were distributed to select stores in the following states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.”Consumers who may have a recalled salad should discard it immediately and not eat it,” Fresh Express said.

For questions or refunds, call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at 800-242-5472 on Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.

In a news release, the company shared the full list of recalled products, their UPC codes, use-by dates and states they were distributed. Product names include: 

  • Fresh Express America's Fresh Old Fashioned Cole Slaw  
  • Fresh Express America's Fresh 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw 
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Asian  
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Bacon & Bleu
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit BBQ Ranch  
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar  
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Pomegranate
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Poppyseed
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Southwest
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Sunflower Crisp  
  • Fresh Express Chopped Kit Thai 'N' Cashews
  • Fresh Express Fancy Greens  
  • Fresh Express Farmer's Garden  
  • Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics Chopped Asian
  • Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics Mediterranean  
  • Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Creative Classics Turkey & Bacon Chef
  • Fresh Express Green & Crisp / Verde y Crujiente
  • Fresh Express Iceberg Garden / Lechuga Repollo
  • Fresh Express Italian
  • Fresh Express Lettuce Trio / Lechuga Trío  
  • Fresh Express Premium Romaine / Lechuga Romana Especial  
  • Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit Asian Avocado
  • Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit Smoked BBQ Sriracha  
  • Fresh Express SHREDS Iceberg  
  • Fresh Express SHREDS  
  • Fresh Express Veggie Lover's  
  • Fresh Express Veggie Spring Mix  
  • Giant Eagle American (Family Size)  
  • Giant Eagle Chopped Asian Style Salad Kit  
  • Giant Eagle Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad Kit  
  • Giant Eagle Chopped Chipotle Cheddar Salad Kit  
  • Giant Eagle Chopped Mediterranean Salad Kit   
  • Giant Eagle Chopped Southwest Style Salad Kit  
  • Giant Eagle Chopped Sunflower Crisp Salad Kit  
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Coleslaw  
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh American Blend
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Garden Salad Blend  
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Italian Blend  
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Romaine Garden Salad Blend  
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Fresh Shredded Iceberg Lettuce  
  • Giant Eagle Life’s Getting Fresher Veggie Lovers  
  • Giant Eagle Shredded Lettuce  
  • Wholesome Pantry Organic Chopped Sesame Asian Salad Kit 
  • Wholesome Pantry Organic Sesame Asian Salad Kit 

Walmart Marketside salads recall

Fresh Express announced Thursday it had recalled 12- and 24-ounce bagged Walmart brand Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad, which was sold in Walmart stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The recalled products have “best-if-used-by-dates of May 19 to July 04” and were distributed to select stores between June 1 and June 21 in the seven states.

The Fresh Express list Saturday added the following Marketside branded items, which are sold only at Walmart stores: 

  • Marketside Baby Greens Salad
  • Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Asian  
  • Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Avocado Ranch
  • Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Cherry Almond Gorgonzola
  • Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Kale Pecan Cranberry
  • Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Southwest
  • Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Sunflower Bacon Crunch
  • Marketside Crisp Greens  
  • Marketside Kale Slaw  
  • Marketside Premium Romaine Salad  
  • Marketside Shredded Iceberg Lettuce  
  • Marketside Tri-Color Cole Slaw  

For questions or to obtain refunds, contact Fresh Express Consumer Response Center toll-free at 800-242-5472 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time.

Aldi Little Salad Bar salads recall

Aldi, along with Fresh Express, recalled 12-ounce bags of Aldi Little Salad Bar Brand Garden Salads from stores in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The affected bags have a UPC code of 4099100082975 and have “Best If Used By dates of May 1 through June 29.”

Aldi said in a news release if “customers have the affected Little Salad Bar Garden Salad, they should discard it immediately.”

The Fresh Express list Saturday added the following Little Salad Bar branded items, which are sold only at Aldi: 

  • Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad Kit
  • Little Salad Bar Chef Salad
  • Little Salad Bar Classic Coleslaw
  • Little Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad Kit
  • Little Salad Bar Sunflower Chopped Salad Kit

Jewel-Osco Signature Farms salad recall

Jewel-Osco, part of Albertsons, is recalling 12-ounce bags of Signature Farms Garden Salad sold in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa, and it advised consumers to discard or return the bags.

The affected bags have “best if used by” dates of May 16 through July 4. The product has a UPC code of 21130 98135 and includes the plant number S5417. For questions, consumers can call 1-877-723-3929.

Fresh Express' list Saturday added the following recalled salads to the Signature Farms brand:

  • Signature Farms Coleslaw 3 Color  
  • Signature Farms Lettuce Shreds
  • Signature Farms Green & Crisp
  • Signature Farms Premium Romaine

Hy-Vee expands recall to 13 varieties

Initially, Hy-Vee recalled 12-ounce bags of its store brand garden salad but expanded the recall to include another dozen private label bagged salad products from the grocer's eight-state region, which is Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The recalled salads, which are also on the Fresh Express list, are:

  • Hy-Vee Southwest Chopped Salad Kit, 13.4-ounce, UPC 0-07450-24669
  • Hy-Vee Shredded Iceberg, 8-ounce, UPC 0-07545-12053
  • Hy-Vee Veggie Deluxe Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-08530
  • Hy-Vee Greener Supreme Blend, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12046
  • Hy-Vee American Blend Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12047
  • Hy-Vee Italian Blend Salad, 10-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12048
  • Hy-Vee Coleslaw Mix, 16-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12051
  • Hy-Vee Romaine Garden Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-12058
  • Hy-Vee Asian Chopped Salad Kit, 13.7-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24668
  • Hy-Vee Sunflower Chopped Salad Kit, 13.2-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24670
  • Hy-Vee Chipotle Cheddar Chopped Kit, 11.4-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24672
  • Hy-Vee Garden Salad, 12-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24674
  • Hy-Vee Avocado Ranch Chopped Kit, 12.8-ounce, UPC 0-75450-24715

All expiration dates are included, Hy-Vee said in a news release. For questions, contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives at 1-800-772-4098. 

Contributing: Mike Snider

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Food & Drug Alerts

Romaine lettuce recall expands to more grocery stores

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) has expanded its warning to consumers, restaurants, and retailers not to eat, serve or sell any soft cheeses produced by El Abuelito Cheese Company of Paterson, NJ due to laboratory findings that confirm the product is the source of a multistate outbreak of foodborne bacteria called listeria monocytogenes.

Please visit the FDA website for additional information about this alert.
Spanish version of FDA’s update

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Uganda illnesses ly linked to whole, fresh papayas. – posted 7.8.19

The CDC has issued a food safety alert advising that retail food establishments not to sell or serve Cavi brand papayas. Food establishments should check all papayas and discard without serving any Cavi brand. More information regarding the outbreak can be found on the FDA and CDC websites.

Click here to read more information about this alert on the FDA website.

FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections ly Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in California – posted 12.7.18

Information collected through December 6, 2018, continues to indicate that contaminated romaine lettuce from the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California is the ly source of the current outbreak of E.

coli O157:H7 infections. The California counties FDA is including in this region remain the same: Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Ventura.

Counties may be added or removed as the investigation progresses.

Romaine lettuce that was harvested outside of the Central Coast growing regions of northern and central California does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. Hydroponically- and greenhouse-grown romaine also does not appear to be related to the current outbreak. There is no recommendation for consumers or retailers to avoid using romaine harvested from these sources.

Click here to read more information about the romaine lettuce investigation on the FDA website.

FDA Investigating Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections ly Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in California – posted 11.29.18

The FDA, along with CDC, state and local agencies, is investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 illnesses ly linked to romaine lettuce grown in California this fall. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also coordinating with U.S. agencies as they investigate a similar outbreak in Canada.

Click here to read more information about the romaine lettuce investigation on the FDA website.

Multistate Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 Infections ly Linked to Romaine Lettuce Grown in California – posted 11.27.18

The US Food and Drug Administration has released an update pertaining to a multi-state outbreak of E. coli 0157:H7 linked to romaine lettuce.

The Food and Drug Administration is recommending that restaurants and consumers avoid romaine lettuce that has been harvested in Northern and Central Coastal Regions of California.

Please check with your suppliers and distributors to determine if romaine lettuce used at your establishment is harvested from the Northern or Central Coastal Regions of California. Romaine lettuce harvested outside of these Regions does not need to be avoided per Food and Drug Administration.

Click here to read more information about the romaine lettuce investigation on the FDA website.

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce – posted 11.20.18

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a Food Safety Alert regarding a multi-state E. coli outbreak associated with romaine lettuce.

At this time, the source, supplier, grower and distributor are not known and therefore the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that all restaurants and retailers discard and not serve any romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce.

Click here to read more information about the romaine lettuce investigation on the FDA website.

Duncan Hines Classic White, Classic Butter Golden, Signature Confetti and Classic Yellow Cake Mixes Recalled Due to Potential Presence of Salmonella – posted 11.6.18

Conagra Brands is collaborating with health officials in connection with a positive finding of Salmonella in a retail sample of Duncan Hines Classic White cake mix that may be linked to a Salmonella outbreak that is currently being investigated by CDC and FDA.

Click here to read more about the Duncan Hines cake mixes recall.

Источник: https://llhd.org/public-alerts/

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

Romaine lettuce recall expands to more grocery stores

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationexternal icon (FDA) investigated a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 infections.

Public health investigators used the PulseNet system to identify illnesses that may be part of this outbreak. PulseNet is the national subtyping network of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories coordinated by CDC. DNA fingerprinting is performed on E.

coli bacteria isolated from ill people by using a standardized laboratory and data analysis method called whole genome sequencing (WGS). CDC PulseNet manages a national database of these sequences that are used to identify possible outbreaks.

WGS gives investigators detailed information about the bacteria causing illness. In this investigation, WGS showed that bacteria isolated from ill people were closely related genetically. This means that people in this outbreak were more ly to share a common source of infection.

WGS also showed that this outbreak was caused by the same strain of E. coli O157:H7 that caused outbreaks linked to leafy greens in 2017 and to romaine lettuce in 2018.

A total of 167 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 were reported from 27 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page. The Public Health Agency of Canadaexternal icon also reported several illnesses that were closely related genetically to illnesses in the United States.

Illnesses started on dates ranging from September 20, 2019, to December 21, 2019. Ill people ranged in age from less than 1 to 89 years, with a median age of 27. Sixty-four percent of ill people were female.

Of 165 ill people with information available, 85 (52%) hospitalizations were reported, including 15 people who developed hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure. No deaths were reported.

WGS analysis of bacterial isolates from 159 ill people did not predict antibiotic resistance in 157 of the isolates, but predicted resistance in 2 isolates. One isolate contained a resistance gene for ampicillin, and a second isolate contained resistance genes for ampicillin, chloramphenicol, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, and tetracycline.

WGS analysis of five bacterial isolates from a lettuce sample did not predict antimicrobial resistance. Standard antibiotic resistance testing of clinical isolates by CDC’s National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) laboratory is currently underway.

These findings do not affect treatment guidance since antibiotics are not recommended for patients with E. coli O157 infections.

Investigation of the Outbreak

Epidemiologic, laboratory, and traceback evidence indicated that romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley growing region in California was the ly source of this outbreak.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about the foods they ate and other exposures in the week before they became ill. Ninety-four (83%) of 113 people interviewed reported eating romaine lettuce.

This percentage was significantly higher than results from a survey pdf icon[PDF – 787 KB] of healthy people in which 47% reported eating romaine lettuce in the week before they were interviewed.

Ill people reported eating different types of romaine lettuce in several restaurants and at home.

The Maryland Department of Healthexternal icon identified the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in an unopened package of Ready Pac Foods Bistro® Chicken Caesar Salad collected from a sick person’s home in Maryland.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Servicesexternal icon identified the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 in an unopened bag of Fresh Express® Leafy Green Romaine collected from an ill person’s home in Wisconsin.

The Salinas Valley growing region in California was the main source of the romaine lettuce in both products.

FDA and states traced the source of some of the romaine lettuce eaten by ill people. Information gathered indicated that the romaine lettuce of interest was harvested from the Salinas Valley growing region in California. For more information about the traceback investigation, visit the FDA websiteexternal icon.

Contaminated romaine lettuce from the Salinas Valley growing region in California is no longer available for sale. As of January 15, 2020, this outbreak appears to be over.

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Источник: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2019/o157h7-11-19/index.html

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