Pacific Coast Fruit Co., Portland, Ore., added processed salads to the recall on May 20. According to a recall notice, Pacific Coast received lettuce processed by River Ranch and packaged it under Pacific Coast retail and foodservice brands.
Ted Hendryx, senior vice president of operations, said Pacific Coast distributed the salads to about 100 Fred Meyer grocery stores, to Avanti and Evergreen vending machine suppliers, and to foodservice customers in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho.
“We found out about it at 4 p.m. May 18 and started contacting our customers immediately. We had all of our restaurant customers notified by Friday evening and everyone else by phone and e-mail by Saturday (May 19),” said Hendryx.
He said Pacific Coast notified FDA via the Reportable Food Registry portal on the Web and FDA officials called Pacific Coast on Sunday, May 20. However, FDA did not post the recall notice until May 22 because “they were working with us to finalize the language,” Hendryx said.
The recalled retail salads are packed in a 9.6-ounce and 10-ounce clamshell style foodservice items are packed in 5-pound to 20-pound food service salads bags, according to the recall notice.