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article imageRecall of contaminated salad across the USA

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By Tim Sandle     May 27, 2012 in Food
Due to a risk of listeria a range of bagged salads have been recalled across the USA. This follows advice from the US FDA.
According to CBS News, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered a nationwide recall of bagged salad distributed under the names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer's Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark and Sysco. The bagged and read-to-eat salads had been distributed across the USA.
The reason for the recall, notes the Daily Iowan, was due to contaminated from the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. L. monocytogenes causes the disease listeriosis, leading to fever, muscle aches and diarrhea. The CDC notes that disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.
The bacterium, according to the FDA's own 'Bad Bug Book', has been associated with such foods as raw milk, cheeses (particularly soft-ripened varieties), ice cream, raw vegetables, fermented raw-meat sausages, raw and cooked poultry. It has the ability to grow at temperatures as low as 3°C, and so it is a risk to refrigerated foods.
The FDA said that the recall is precautionary.
The salads in question are supplied by three Rhode Island distributors. The FDA has advised people not to consume the salad but to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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