Packaged salads and salad kits from Fresh Express are being recalled in 27 states after a batch tested positive for salmonella contamination, federal officials say.
The recall affects 24 types of bagged salads that include romaine lettuce with the brand name Fresh Express, which is owned by Chiquita Brands (Stock Quote: CQB), with use-by dates between May 13 and May 16. The salads were distributed 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.
Consumers who still have packages of the recalled salads should throw them out immediately, and can contact Fresh Express for a full refund.
While many salads and salad kits that come in bags and plastic packaging say they’re prewashed and even triple-washed, about 39% of those salads have remnants of potentially harmful bacteria, as MainStreet previously reported.
Separately, all alfalfa sprouts with the Caldwell Fresh Foods, Nature's Choice, and California Exotics brand names are being recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination after reports that 20 people in 10 states were sickened. Eleven of the reports came from California where the recalled sprouts were sold in stores including Kings Super Markets, Trader Joe's and Wal-Mart Stores (Stock Quote: WMT).