Thursday 24 July 2014

RiverRanchbaggedsaladrecall

Bagged Salad Recall for Listeria monocytogenes – UPDATED

May 19, 2012 – River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA is expanding its voluntary recall of retail and food service bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeria monocytogenes
 is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Retail salad products under this recall were distributed throughout the United States and Canada under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market. Foodservice salad products under this recall were distributed throughout the United States and Canada under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch and Sysco.

The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have either “Best By” code dates between 12MAY2012 – 29MAY2012 or Julian dates of 118 and 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.

No other products, brands or code dates aside from those listed below are affected by this recall.

There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall. River Ranch Foods, LLC is working closely with the Food & Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health.

(River Ranch LLC press release, FDA website)

***UPDATE***

Pacific Coast Fruit Company, Portland, Oregon is voluntarily recalling multiple types of bagged processed salads based on the potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Pacific Coast Fruit utilized a portion of the salads that were recalled by River Ranch in some of our retail and food service processed bagged salad.  Pacific Coast recalled products were distributed to Fred Meyer, Avanti, and Evergreen in Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Idaho.  This recall is an example of the potential for one recall having an effect on other products and companies within the same industry.

The recalled retail salads are packed in a 9.6oz -10oz clamshell style and VA food service items is packed in 5 lbs – 20 lbs food service salads bags.

There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall. This voluntary recall is being conducted with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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