A random routine sample test of Giant Eagle Farmer’s Market shredded Iceberg Lettuce revealed the presences of listeria. The lettuce in question, produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods, is the 8-ounce package of Shredded Iceberg Lettuce, and is imprinted with a use-by date of Oct. 14, 2011.
The shredded iceberg lettuce was additionall used in a small number of prepared deli ring sandwiches. The affected sandwiches include:
- Giant Eagle Large Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 23755100000)
- Giant Eagle Mini Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 24755500000)
- Giant Eagle Large New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 22755100000)
- Giant Eagle Mini New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 25755500000)
- Giant Eagle Large All America Sandwich Ring (UPC 21755100000)
- Giant Eagle Mini All American Sandwich Ring (UPC 26755500000)
For all the concern that the tainted lettuce has brought, I have managed to find a silver lining. I finally see a reason for the bonus card key tags. I have always thought that it’s ridiculous for stores to require you to be a “loyal shopper” and carry a bonus card, as opposed to offering the reduction to ALL customers, “loyal” or not. But in this case, the cards take on a second meanting. Giant Eagle uses loyalty card purchase history data, to contact customers who may be affected by food recalls. I bought a Lean Cuisine Dinnertime Entree recently from my local grocery store, one that was just the subject of a recall. I didn’t receive a call from anybody concerned about my health. Perhaps all stores should take Giant Eagle’s lead, and contact customers. It just seems like the right thing to do.
To date, there are no reported cases of customer illness due to consumption of this item.