River Ranch Fresh Foods has issued a recall for bagged lettuce after routine inspection led to the detection of listeria monocytogenes. The contamination was found in two packages of shredded iceberg lettuce purchased from retail locations in California and Colorado. Because the recalled salad products were distributed nationwide, the voluntary recall was expanded to the entire nation.
There are several names under which these contaminated bags of lettuce are sold, including River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer’s Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco. These recalled salad bags have “best by” dates that range from May 12th and May 29th – (the date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.)
While the bagged salads (listed above) are no longer on the shelves of your local grocery store, the California Department of Public Health is concerned that consumers may still have some of the recalled products in their refrigerators at home. Consumers in possession of this recalled lettuce are encourages to either throw it away or return it to the store of purchase for a refund.
Symptoms of listeria infection may include a high fever, headaches, and neck stiffness. Luckily, no illnesses have been reported to date. Infants, the elderly, and those individuals with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for severe illness and death. Listeria infection in pregnant women can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or infection of the newborn baby.