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The Food and Drug Administration has announced that Massachusetts-based State Garden Co. has issued a voluntary recall of fresh-cut salad products processed in its plant on January 4. The recall comes after samples of State Garden salad mixes were found to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
State Garden distributes packaged salad products throughout the Northeast. The affected products include baby conventional and organic arugula, baby spinach, baby romaine, spring mix and organic herb salad. These products are marketed under the following names: Gold Quality, Hannaford, Natures Place, Natures Promise, Roche Bros, Northeast Fresh, Noreast Fresh, Olivia's Organics, Signature, Wegmans.
The products that are being recalled have trace-back codes of 45693 and 45703, which are typically found in the upper right corner of bag labels. The "best if used by" date should be no later than January 15, 2011. The FDA has provided a complete list for consumers.
As the agency notes, healthy people who come in contact with Listeria monocytogenes may only suffer from short-term symptoms, including high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. However, infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems can be more serious and sometimes fatal.
The FDA says that there have been no reported outbreaks of illness associated with the State Garden products. For more information, see the FDA release.