Fresh Express recalls romaine salad, lettuce packages after 1 tests positive for salmonella

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Chiquita’s Fresh Express recalls salad packages

SALINAS, Calif. — Fresh Express, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International Inc., said Monday it is recalling several types of ready-to-eat salads after salmonella was found in a package tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The products in question include lettuce mixes, Caesar salad and other salad kits, hearts of romaine and other items. The company said the FDA found a single package of the salad tested positive for salmonella.

Fresh Express said it is voluntarily recalling Fresh Express salads and lettuce packages that contain romaine lettuce, have “use by” dates of May 13 through May 16 and an “S” in the product code and that were sold in 26 states: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Fresh Express is advising consumers to check their refrigerators for the products. The “use by” date and product code can be found in the upper-right-hand corner of the package.

People who find a package matching the description should throw it away and call (800)242-5472 for a refund.

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