Salmonella Scare Prompts Fresh Express Salad Recall

By Olsen Ebright
|  Monday, May 24, 2010  |  Updated 3:33 PM PDT
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Salmonella Scare Prompts Fresh Express Salad Recall

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Some Fresh Express ready-to-eat salads have been recalled in 26 states due to a possible salmonella contamination, according to the company.

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Some Fresh Express ready-to-eat salads have been recalled in 26 states due to a possible salmonella contamination, the company announced Monday.

The Romaine-based salads have expiration dates between May 13 and May 16, and the letter "S" in the product code (see table below).

The recall affects salads in the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

"The recall notification is being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a single package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad with a use by date of May 15 was confirmed positive for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration," according to a company news release.

Salmonella is an organism that can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals, and serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.

Company officials issued a statement saying it is "highly unlikely" that any of the potentially affected salads are still on store shelves due to the expired use-by dates, but consumers might still have the product in their refrigerator and should immediately discard it.

The use-by date is found in the upper right hand corner of the package with the product code located immediately underneath. For Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Salads, the use-by date and product code are located on the bottom of the salad bowl.

Affected consumers are eligible for a full refund by calling Fresh Express at 800-242-5472.

Fresh Express, which was founded in Salinas, Calif., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International.

Bag UPC Code Product Description Oz
2 71279 25101 1 5-Lettuce Mix 6.00
0 71279 24100 5 American 12.00
0 71279 30201 0 Asian Supreme Completes Kit 13.90
0 71279 30105 1 BLT Caesar Completes Kit 10.50
0 71279 30100 6 Caesar Completes Kit 10.00
0 71279 30104 4 Caesar Supreme Completes Kit 10.75
0 71279 30101 3 CaesarLite Completes Kit 10.00
0 71279 30601 8 Salsa! Ensalada Supreme Completes Kit 14.00
0 71279 10802 5 Double Carrots 12.00
0 71279 23201 0 Fancy Greens 7.00
0 71279 40705 0 Gourmet Café Caribbean Chicken 8.60
0 71279 40701 2 Gourmet Cafe Chicken Caesar 7.80
0 71279 40702 9 Gourmet Cafe Chop Turkey Chef 9.10
71279 40706 7 Gourmet Cafe Tuscan Chicken Pesto 7.80
0 71279 10804 9 Green & Crisp 12.00
0 71279 26102 7 Hearts of Romaine 10.00
0 71279 26201 7 Hearts of Romaine 18.00
0 71279 21100 8 Italian 10.00
0 71279 26112 6 Leafy Green Romaine 9.00
0 71279 10809 4 Lettuce Trio 9.00
0 71279 10808 7 Premium Romaine 9.00
1 71279 26100 3 Romaine Chopped 6/2# 32.00
0 71279 26111 9 Triple Hearts 8.00
0 71279 28100 1 Veggie Lovers 12.00

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