Fresh Express, Salinas, Calif., is voluntarily recalling two dozen Fresh Express-brand salads containing romaine lettuce due to possible salmonella contamination.

Fresh Express recalls romaine salads

The romaine salads are being  recalled because “they have the
potential to be contaminated” with salmonella, according to the company.
The recalled product has use-by dates of May 13-16 and an “S” product
code, the company said in a May 24 news release . The recall involves product sold in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota, according to the news release.

No other Fresh Express salads are included in the recall, and the company said in the news release the recall is “being issued out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a single package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad with a use by date of May 15 was confirmed positive for Salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”

The recall also covers retailers and consumers, according to the release, though Fresh Express said it’s unlikely any of the recalled salads are still in stores. Fresh Express also said in the release that it’s working “closely with FDA and immediately upon learning of the single confirmed positive test completed a companywide product traceability review.”

Fresh Express is owned by Chiquita Brands International, Cincinnati.

This is the second recall of romaine in recent weeks because of positive pathogen tests. On May 6, Freshway Foods, Sidney, Ohio, recalled romaine sent to foodservice operators in two dozen states after residents of three states became ill with E. coli 0145.

The FDA traced the romaine in E. coli recall to Yuma, Ariz., fields. The industry is now shipping lettuce from the Salinas Valley, the apparent source of the Fresh Express lettuce in the most recent recall.