Romaine Lettuce Recall

8 May

Ohio-based Freshway Foods issued a recall of romaine lettuce Thursday because of possible E-Coli contamination, according to a FDA.gov press release.

The lettuce, packaged under the brands Freshway and Imperial Sysco was distributed to wholesalers in the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  The lettuce was also sold to Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh for use in their in-store deli counters and salad bars.

The lettuce was not sold in retail pre-packaged bags or salad mixes and isn’t affected by the recall.  E-Coli is commonly found in the lower intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals and the organism is commonly an indicator of fecal contamination.

For more information, visit http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm211131.htm

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2 Responses to “Romaine Lettuce Recall”

  1. R.J. In The 619 May 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    Oh, dear. Between this and what happened with the baby spinach a few years ago I might have to reconsider eating salad.

    • culinarychick May 8, 2010 at 8:14 pm #

      Luckily, all of the contamination is east of the Rockies, so you are okay. If you are really concerned, buy your greens from your local farmer’s market; he or she is probably growing it on a small scale, so it’s probably safer to eat anyway. OR- you can grow micro greens in window boxes on your balcony.

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