Listeria discovered in Salinas lettuce
May 21, 2012
Lettuce samples from a Salinas farm have been found to be contaminated with listeria and a recall of bagged salads containing the lettuce has been initiated. No illnesses have been reported. [KCOP]
River Ranch Fresh Foods voluntarily recalled packages of shredded iceberg lettuce it distributed in California and Colorado under the brand names River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer’s Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco.
The possibly contaminated lettuce has been removed from stores, but the California Department of Public Health said Friday that consumers may have some of the recalled products in their refrigerators.
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. Symptoms of listeria infection include high fever, headache, and neck stiffness.