Fresh Express recalling expired salad products
July 15, 2010
by Keith Nunes
SALINAS, CALIF. — Out of an abundance of caution, Fresh Express, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, Cincinnati, is recalling Romaine lettuce salad products with expired use-by-dates of July 8 to July 12 and an “S” in the product code because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The company added that no illnesses have been reported associated with the recalled product and no other Fresh Express salads are included in the recall.
The recall was initiated after one package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad tested positive for E. coli O157:H7 in a random sample test collected and conducted by a third-party laboratory working with the Food and Drug Administration.
Twenty-three varieties of Fresh Express salads are a part of the recall and they primarily were distributed throughout states in the central and western portions of the United States as well as Hawaii.
In late May, Fresh Express initiated a similar recall for Romaine-based ready-to-eat salads with an expired use-by-date of May 13 to May 16, because they may have been contaminated with Salmonella. The company was alerted to a positive finding in a similar fashion, by a third-party laboratory working with the F.D.A.