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Fresh Express brand salads recalled in 19 states over possible listeroris contamination


Fresh Express has recalled salads and consumers are advised not to eat, sell or serve any recalled products.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the investigation of a outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes found in express packed fresh salads, from the Fresh Express brand.

“The FDA, along with the CDC and our state and local partners, is working to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. To date, it has been reported that a positive sample of the Fresh Express Sweet Hearts salad mix matches the sprout strain”Said Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy.

According to the FDA website, Fresh Express has voluntarily recalled products and consumers are advised not to eat, sell or serve any recalled product. The investigation is ongoing and will be communicated if there are additional products involved.

Ten people have been reported infected with the outbreak strain in eight states.. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected a sample of Fresh Express packaged romaine lettuce and sweet butter as part of their routine sampling efforts, ”added the Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy.

The sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and matched the outbreak strain. Given the results, Fresh Express voluntarily ceased production at its Streamwood, Illinois plant and began recall of certain brand and private label varieties of salads produced at that plant.

“We will continue to work with our partners and Fresh Express to determine the source of this outbreak. We remain committed to transparency and providing updates as we learn more during our research continuous tracking “.

Until now, the outbreak has been associated with 10 illnesses, 10 hospitalizations and one death in the following states: Illions, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The illnesses began on dates ranging from July 26, 2016 to October 19, 2021.

Most people with listeriosis have symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. If the most severe form of listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures. For the very young, the elderly, and the immunosuppressed, listeriosis can lead to death.

Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures And it can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.

The recall includes all expiration dates of the fresh salad items with product codes Z324 to Z350. Consumers, restaurants and retailers should not eat, sell or serve recalled packaged salads, to know the full list of products see here.

The recalled salad items were distributed through retailers in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States, as well as through distributors and retailers in Canada. The US distribution includes the states of: Connecticut, Iowa, Illions, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. The Canadian distribution includes the provinces of Ontario y Manitoba.

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