Bagged lettuce recall over salmonella concerns

Oct 21, 2011 at 12:51 p.m. ET

Another lettuce recall has been issued, this time amid fears of salmonella. Is that handy, pre-washed salad mix in your fridge full of bacteria? Keep reading for details.


Food safety alert! Taylor Farms Retail Inc. has issued a recall of bagged salad blends because the lettuce could potentially contain salmonella. The company recalled over 3,000 cases of its various salad blends after the Washington State Department of Agriculture found salmonella in a bag it tested.

There are no reports of illness thus far, so that's positive. However, this lettuce recalls closely follows the last, in which over 33,000 pounds of lettuce was recalled amid fears of listeria contamination. Understandably, consumers are a little jumpy!

The current lettuce recall encompasses various Taylor Farms bagged lettuce sold under the Fresh Selections, HEB, Marketside and Taylor Farms brands. You can refer to the FDA website for a full listing of the recalled items, including the specific type of bagged lettuce, UPC codes and "best by" dates.

The bagged lettuce was sold in the following states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Puerto Rico and sold in various retail supermarkets.

Salmonella is a bacteria that is unpleasant at best in perfectly healthy people. Symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain. For young children, the elderly or those with weakened immune systems, salmonella can be very serious or even deadly.

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