Mike Hornick Salinas, Calif.-based River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC is voluntarily recalling a variety of retail and foodservice bagged salads after a random retail sample tested positive for listeria.
The Food and Drug Administration tested the salad, according to a news release. River Ranch is also working with the California Department of Public Health; no illnesses have been reported.
The recalled retail products bear the labels River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh and The Farmer’s Market. Ten have the River Ranch name and were distributed nationwide. The other labels were distributed in 31 states.
The foodservice products have the River Ranch, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco labels. Nineteen have the River Ranch name and were distributed nationally. The other brands went to California, Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Indiana and Iowa.
The salad bags have best-by dates of May 12-22, or Julian dates of 116 to 125. Romaine, iceberg lettuce, cabbage, carrots and spring mix are the prime components of the salads.
The recall comes a week after River Ranch announced the closure of its Salinas processing plant. Operations moved to nearby Taylor Farms’ foodservice and retail salad facilities.
In October, the same pathogen – listeria – was cited in a voluntary recall of River Ranch bagged lettuce prompted by an Ohio random test. No illnesses were reported.
In March, an FDA letter to the company reported that an inspection done in Salinas after the October recall found samples of listeria in the plant. The letter also noted damaged floors and standing water.
The plant needs upgrading but its closure was not affected by the FDA findings, a River Ranch spokeswoman said.