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FYI ... Fresh Express salad recall

This story from City News Service posted today.

Fresh Express.
  LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Fresh Express announced today it is recalling a
specific selection of its romaine-based ready-to-eat salads due to the
potential for salmonella contamination.
  The recall extends only to products with expired use-by dates of May 13
through May 16 and an ``S" in the product code that were sold in 26 states,
including California.
  Company officials said the recall was done ``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.''
    Salmonella is an organism that can cause fever, nausea, vomiting,
abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals, and serious
and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and
others with weakened immune systems.
  Company officials issued a statement saying it is ``highly unlikely''
that any of the potentially affected salads are still on store shelves due to
the expired use-by dates,'' but consumers might still have the product in their
refrigerator and should immediately discard it.
  The use-by date is found in the upper right hand corner of the package
with the product code located immediately underneath. For Fresh Express Gourmet
Cafe Salads, the use-by date and product code are located on the bottom of the
salad bowl.
  Consumers can obtain a refund by contacting a Fresh Express consumer
representative on weekdays at the toll-free number (800) 242-5472.
  Fresh Express, a subsidiary of Chiquita Brands International, ``is
collaborating closely with FDA and immediately upon learning of the single
confirmed positive test completed a companywide product traceability review,''
according to the statement.
  The complete list of recalled Fresh Express products follows:

  Bag UPC Code        Product Description
                        Oz
    2 71279                    25101 1  5-Lettuce Mix
                            6.00
    0 71279                    24100 5  American
                            12.00
    0 71279                    30201 0  Asian Supreme Completes Kit
          13.90
    0 71279                    30105 1  BLT Caesar Completes Kit
              10.50
    0 71279                    30100 6  Caesar Completes Kit
                  10.00
    0 71279                    30104 4  Caesar Supreme Completes Kit
        10.75
    0 71279                    30101 3  CaesarLite Completes Kit
                10.00
    0 71279                    30601 8 Salsa! Ensalada Supreme Completes
Kit  14.00
    0 71279                    10802 5  Double Carrots
                        12.00
    0 71279                    23201 0  Fancy Greens
                          7.00
    0 71279                    40705 0  Gourmet Cafe Caribbean Chicken
          8.60
    0 71279                    40701 2  Gourmet Cafe Chicken Caesar
            7.80
    0 71279                    40702 9  Gourmet Cafe Chop Turkey Chef
          9.10
    0 71279                    40706 7  Gourmet Cafe Tuscan Chicken Pesto
      7.80
    0 71279                    10804 9  Green & Crisp
                          12.00
    0 71279                    26102 7  Hearts of Romaine
                      10.00
    0 71279                    26201 7  Hearts of Romaine
                      18.00
    0 71279                    21100 8  Italian
                                  10.00
    0 71279                    26112 6  Leafy Green Romaine
                    9.00
    0 71279                    10809 4  Lettuce Trio
                              9.00
    0 71279                    10808 7  Premium Romaine
                      9.00
    1 71279                    26100 3  Romaine Chopped 6/2#
                32.00
    0 71279                    26111 9  Triple Hearts
                              8.00
    0 71279                    28100 1  Veggie Lovers
                        12.00

Crap! I just bought a bunch of these salad bags on sale today... gotta check the date! I hate how people think veggies are bad when it's probably the nasty meat "farm" run off causing this nastiness :(

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