Listeria found in Salinas lettuce
October 1, 2011
Romaine lettuce samples from a Salinas farm have been found to be contaminated with listeria and a recall has been initiated, according to government officials.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors notified True Leaf Farms that a random check of the vegetable had detected listeria, a dangerous bacterium which normally has a low incidence in humans.
But a recent outbreak of listeria caused by contaminated cantaloupe has been detected in 18 states and is being blamed for at least 16 deaths this month.
Listeria is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in the elderly, pregnant women, young children and others with weakened immune systems.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, this has been the deadliest food outbreak in more than a decade.
True Leaf Farms voluntarily recalled 90 cartons of packaged, chopped Romaine lettuce, most of which had been shipped to Oregon, Washington and Idaho, said officials. No illness related to lettuce has been reported, but officials identified the product as having a “use by” date of Sept. 29. The bag and box code is B256-46438-8.
Call Church Brothers, the sales agent for True Leaf Farms, at 1-800-799-9475, or go to www.churchbrothers.com, for information.