Fresh Express recalls Hearts of Romaine salad - The Packer

Fresh Express recalls Hearts of Romaine salad

10/12/2012 10:03:00 AM
Tom Karst

Fresh Express is recalling a limited quantity of its Hearts of Romaine Salad with a due to a possible health risk from salmonella.

The voluntary recall for romaine salads with use-by dates of Oct. 11 was announced the same day by Salinas, Calif.-based Fresh Express, The product code is S270A24.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency also recalled the product, warning consumer not to eat the bagged salads.

There have been no reports of illnesses or consumer complaints in association with the recall, according to a news release from Fresh Express.

The recall notice was issued based on a positive result for salmonella as part of the Food and Drug Administration’s random sample testing program, according to the company. Fresh Express is coordinating with regulatory officials, according to the release.

Fresh Express has contacted retailers that received the product to confirm it was removed from store shelves, according to the release. The recalled salads were primarily distributed in the West, Northwest and Midwest.

The Canadian agency reported the salads were shipped to British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario, other provinces and territies may also have received the salads.

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Salinas  |  October, 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM

This is becoming an on going thing for Fresh Express. Food safety/QA departments should be ashamed of themselves. They should step back and re-evaluate there food safety program...I will not buy Fresh Express salads!

Salinas  |  October, 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM

What is wrong with these guys? This has to be at least the 10th recall in two years.

salinas  |  October, 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

This has to be the 10th recall in two years and is bad for the whole industry. What happened to all the food safety leadership they were marketing after teh spianch recall ?

E Macias    
Salinas CA  |  October, 12, 2012 at 01:45 PM

Appears "the food safety leadership" has left the building Possibly moved on to Taylor Farms and Newstar Just pathetic

salinas  |  October, 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM

Didnt all these recalls start about the same time they switched to their own Fresh Rinse product? I recall them announcing the entire industry was going to have to have it.

Salinas CA  |  October, 15, 2012 at 12:35 PM

All major salad companies have had recalls through out the year and if you read the message no one has been reported ill and that has been the same for every recall over the last 2 years. If you know anything about produce which I assume by the ignorant comments below by Salinas, joe, and E Macias is you don’t, is it is grown out in the open with mother nature and every precautionary step is taken to prevent illness at growing, harvesting, cooling bagging and transportation but you can’t control it all. The issue of recalls has started with the FDA & USDA testing programs but has anybody been sick from bagged salads and 9 times out of ten the tests from those programs come back after product is expired. How about the idea which has been proven that these pathogens are present in Mother Nature and have been and will continue to be in our food supply. We can do our best to prevent them but unless we irradiate or cook all fresh vegetables there is risk and will always be a risk. The comments below are very bitter and un educated so until you ante up and build 10,000 acres of green houses which still will not completely prevent contamination keep you comments to yourself.

salinas  |  October, 15, 2012 at 02:52 PM

Except I dont recall any of the other salad companies interviewing for full page stories in USA Today about how far ahead of everyone else they were in food sfatey.

Salinas  |  October, 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM

Has anybody been ill? I don't think so.

Jeffrey Leiter    
Illinois  |  October, 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

Fresh Express has been extremely pro-active in recalls either as guilt by association or their own testing. They have the most stringent regulations for their growers in terms of approximitry to cattle ranch distance, etc I have nothing but respect for their initiatives.

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