About 3,265 cases of salad bags sold under the the Fresh Selections, Marketside, HEB and Taylor Farms labels have been recalled due to the risk of salmonella food poisoning.
The salad bag recall was announced by the FDA and the manufacturer, Taylor Farms, on October 19.
Although there have been no confirmed reports of salmonella poisoning, the recall was issued after State of Washington Department of Agriculture inspectors found salmonella contamination in a finished package of spinach.
The bagged salad products were distributed to Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Puerto Rico, where they were sold in various retail supermarkets.
The salmonella recall affects Fresh Selections Hearts of Romaine, Leafy Romaine, Field of Greens and Romaine Blend 10 oz bagged salads, all with a Best By date of 10-18-11. It also affects Marketside Fresh Spinach, Caesar Salad Kit, Asian Salad Kit, Southwest Salad Kit, Premium Romaine and Premium Romaine Family bagged salads, most of which have an expiration date of 10-19-11, except for the Fresh Spinach, which has an expiration date of 10-21-11. The recall also affects 5 oz. bags of HEB Spring Mix with a Best By date of 10-20-11 and 8 oz. bags of Taylor Farms Field Greens, with a Best If Used By date of 10-20-11. A full list products and UPC number codes are available in the FDA recall notice.
Salmonella is a type of bacteria that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, causing mild to severe food poisoning. For most healthy adults, symptoms of food poisoning from salmonella typically resolve after a few days or weeks. However, young children, the elderly, and individuals with compromised immune systems have an increased risk of suffering severe food poisoning after ingesting the bacteria. If not properly treated, some cases of salmonella food poisoning can lead to hospitalization, dehydration or death.
The FDA and Taylor Farms recommend that consumers who have purchased affected bagged salads dispose of them and not consume them. Consumers with questions can call Taylor Farms Retail, Inc. at (877) 323-7374.