Salads Sold at Major Grocery Chains Recalled Over Listeria Fears

salad recall wegmans olivia's hannafordSalad producer State Garden Inc. recalled all its salad products made on Jan. 4 -- sold at Wegmans, Shop & Stop/Giant, Shaw's and other stores on the East Coast -- after a sample in Rhode Island showed it was contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The salads were packaged under the brand names, Gold Quality, Hannaford, Nature's Place, Nature's Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia's Organics, Signature and Wegmans. The FDA has a list of the dozens of UPC codes and product descriptions. The product trace back codes are 45693 and 45703 and all the recalled products have a "best if used by" date no later than Jan. 15, 2011. No one has reported getting sick from eating the recalled salad products, which are now past their best by dates.

Listeria can cause potentially life-threatening infections in young children or those with weakened immune systems. Even normally healthy people can come down with a high fever, severe headaches, nausea, diarrhea and stomach pain from eating tainted food.

State Garden said the Rhode Island Department of Health tested a sample of Northeast Spring Mix Salad at a retail store and the test came back positive for listeria. The company said any consumer who still has these recalled products should return them to the store for a refund. Call State Garden at (888) 841-6191, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday.

Certain Fresh Express salad mixes were recalled last year after samples tested positive for listeria.

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