River Ranch recalls salads

05/19/2012 09:50:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Mike HornickSalinas, 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.



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Barb    
Warren Ohio  |  May, 20, 2012 at 07:22 AM

they leave a number to call for questions and it hangs up on you before you can talk to someone. I bought and consumed this product and have been ill ,

George    
Salinas  |  May, 21, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Same as the appointment line........hangs up on you before someone answers!

Gregg    
Texas  |  May, 21, 2012 at 09:17 AM

Voluntary recall May 21st on product with an expiration date of May 12th? How does this help for food safety. Some what late?

Ben Mark    
USA  |  May, 21, 2012 at 09:37 AM

Gregg, They want you to "recycle" the contaminated food to avoid the high recall cost. The question is why the lettuce entered the supply chain as there is a TEST-AND-HOLD law by FDA?!

Robert    
OXnard  |  May, 21, 2012 at 09:47 AM

Test and Hold is not required. If it is it must be something that has happened very recently. No producer that I am aware of does this.

Virginia    
Pennsylvania  |  May, 21, 2012 at 09:42 AM

Whatever happened to washing heads of lettuce and dicing your own red onions. Is convenience so worth the continued risk of trying to package and process fresh produce to make it safe. Is this truly "sustainable" agriculture, when you add in the labor, materials, testing, packaging etc, etc. to a product that comes from the earth in a manner that every consumer can clean and wash in their own kitchen? As for me, I am teaching my daughters to buy head lettuce and lo an behold wash it before feeding it to their families!

Sam    
utah  |  May, 21, 2012 at 06:44 PM

hell yeah!

mike    
pa  |  May, 21, 2012 at 11:56 AM

The current USDA/FDA inspection process must be revamped in order to prevent food borne illnesses in fresh produce. http://poisionvegtablescankillyou.blogspot.com/

William Kanitz Pres.    
USA Fl ScoringAg  |  May, 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM

http://leavittpartnersblog.com/2012/03/is-your-salmonella-testing-fda-ready/ Test and Hold , A view from the experts !

Steve    
CA  |  May, 22, 2012 at 02:18 PM

This is ALL part of their (Taylor Farms') master plan. The ONLY reason they (Taylor Farms) bought River Ranch was for its established customer's (business). Just give it time and they (Taylor Farms) will transition the WHOLE River Ranch Operation over to Taylor Farms. What a shame though. River Ranch deserves better than to be faded out of existence.

Robert    
USA  |  May, 31, 2012 at 06:05 PM

Steve isn`t that every company`s master plan, when they buy out competitors becuase they dont have the means to keep operating. RR wouldn`t think twice about it if it was the other way around. Welcome to capitalist US of A.

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