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Salad products recalled due to Listeria

/ Author:  / Reviewed by: Joseph V. Madia, MD

State Garden is voluntarily recalling all of their salad products produced on January 4th due to potential Listeria contamination, a potentially life-threatening bacterium.

State Garden is conducting a voluntary recall of all salad products produced in their plant on January 4, 2011 which correspond to trace back codes 45693 and 45703 due to a risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy persons may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infections can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Please know that NO Listeria illnesses have been linked to any State Garden product.

Salad Products and Blends under this recall were distributed to retail stores on the East Coast under various sizes and packaged under the brand names: Gold Quality, Hannaford, Natures Place, Natures Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia’s Organics, Signature, Wegmans. See attached list for the specific salad product, size, package type and UPC codes.

[To view the complete recall list, visit this link (chart): http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm241088.htm]

The trace back code numbers (45693 and 45703) are typically located in the upper right hand corner of labels and bags. The “best if used by” date will be no later than January 15, 2011 for either trace back code. These are the only trace back codes affected. A complete list of all items subject to recall is attached to this announcement.

State Garden was notified by the Rhode Island Department of Health that a sample of Northeast Spring Mix Salad at a retail store in Rhode Island tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact the company at 1-888-841-6191 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (EST).