Fresh Express, Salinas, Calif., is investigating possible salmonella contamination of some of its products after issuing a recall of two dozen salads containing romaine

No illnesses linked to Fresh Express recall

The romaine salads are being  recalled because 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. Ed Loyd, spokesman for Fresh Express’ parent company, Chiquita Brands International, said Fresh Express was notified late May 21 by the Food and Drug Administration about the positive salmonella test result and “immediately assembled a team to conduct a full traceability review.”

 â€œThe full-scale traceability included but was not limited to a companywide traceback and trace forward and review of all food safety records in order to quickly and thoroughly identify the scope of the situation,” Loyd said.   

No illnesses related to the recalled product have been reported, Loyd said, and the recalled romaine salads are from Salinas.

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 recall was prompted by an a single package of Fresh Express romaine hearts salad with an expiration date of May 15 coming back positive for salmonella from FDA tests.

Loyd said Fresh Express’ investigation into the recall has not shown any “abnormal results” and that the recalled salads are not in commerce.

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.