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USDA Recalls Almost 100,000 Pounds Of Salad Sold At Target And Aldi

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Due to serious concerns of E. coli contamination, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a class I recalled for Missa Bay products, which could include Aldi, Target�s Good & Gather brand, Domino�s, Marketside, and Signature. The concern is that the meat or poultry included in these salads could be contaminated.

Class I is the most serious recall the USDA can issue, meaning it is a �health hazard situation in which there is reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death.� There was an official statement released on the USDA website.

Missa Bay, LLC, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 75,233  pounds of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce ingredient may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture�s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The salad products items were produced from October 14, 2019 through October 16, 2019. The products subject to the recall can be found on the following spreadsheet.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number �EST. 18502B� inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution locations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

As part of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation, the Maryland Department of Health collected an unopened package of Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Caesar Salad with FSIS EST number 18502B on the label. The state collected and tested individual ingredients in the salad and the lettuce tested positive for E. coli O157:H7. All products from the same lot of lettuce are included in the recall.  

Most people infected with STEC O157:H7 develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe. Infection is usually diagnosed by testing of a stool sample. Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection. Hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a type of kidney failure, is uncommon with STEC O157:H7 infection. HUS can occur in people of any age but is most common in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.

FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers� refrigerators even though they are past their use by dates. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Mary Toscano, Consumer Affairs Manager for Bonduelle at 1-800-800-7822. Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact the Bonduelle Newsroom at (626) 678-2222 or bfa-newsroom@bonduelle.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

The recall affects products distributed in 22 states including Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

This is a list of the products affected:

  • Ahold Bowl Chicken Caesar, Salad Singles Chicken Caesar
  • Aldi Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad, Little Salad Bar Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Aldi Bistro Santa Fe, Little Salad Bar Santa Fe Style Salad
  • Bistro Chicken Guacamole Bowl, Ready Pac Bistro Chicken and Guacamole Salad
  • Bistro Santa Fe, Ready Pac Bistro Santa Fe Style
  • Bonduelle Caesar, Bonduelle Fresh Picked Fraichement Cueilli Caesar Salad with Chicken and Bacon
  • Bonduelle Chef Salad, Bonduelle Fresh Picked Fraichement Cueilli Chef Inspired Salad with Turkey & Ham
  • Bonduelle Cobb Salad, Bonduelle Fresh Picked Fraichement Cueilli Cobb Salad with Turkey & Bacon
  • Bonduelle Santa Fe Salad, Bonduelle Fresh Picked Fraichement Cueilli Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken
  • Bowl Bistro Caesar, Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Caesar
  • Bowl GB Chicken Caesar Bowl, Ready Pac Bistro Gourmet Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Bowl GB Southwest, Ready Pac Bistro Gourmet Southwestern Style Salad
  • Domino's GB Caesar, Domino's Chicken Caesar Salad
  • GE Bowl Chicken Caesar, Giant Eagle Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Kit Grill Santa Fe Style, Ready Pac Bistro Salad Kit with Grilled Chicken Santa Fe Style
  • Marketside Bistro Chef, Marketside Chef Salad
  • Marketside Bistro Chicken Caesar, Marketside Caesar Salad with Chicken
  • Marketside Bistro DS Southwest, Marketside Southwest Style Salad with Chicken
  • Marketside Bistro Santa Fe, Marketside Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken
  • Marketside Bowl DS Chicken Caesar, Marketside Caesar Salad with Chicken
  • Marketside Premium Avocado Ranch, Marketside Avocado Ranch Salad with Chicken
  • Marketside Premium BLT, Marketside BLT Salad with Avocado Dressing
  • Salad Bowl Chicken Caesar, Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Caesar
  • Sam's ABF Chicken Caesar, Ready Pac Bistro Caesar Salad Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics
  • Sam's ABF Santa Fe, Ready Pac Bistro Santa Fe Style Salad Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics
  • Signature Caf� Bowl Caesar Chicken, Signature Caf� Bowl Chicken Caesar
  • Signature Caf� Deli Chicken BLT, Signature Caf� Deli Chicken BLT
  • Signature Caf� Deli Chicken Caesar, Signature Caf� Deli Chicken Caesar
  • Signature Caf� Deli Southwest, Signature Caf� Deli Southwest
  • Signature Caf� Southwestern, Signature Caf� Southwestern Style Salad
  • Signature Farms Bistro Chicken Chicken Caesar, Signature Farms Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Signature Farms Bistro Santa Fe, Signature Farms Bistro Santa Fe Style Salad
  • Signature Farms Bowl Chicken Caesar, Signature Farms Bowl Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Signature Farms Bowl Southwest, Signature Farms Bowl Southwestern Style Salad
  • Target Bowl Chicken Caesar Good & Gather Chicken Caesar Salad

Even though these items have already expired, the USDA is worried that consumers still have them in their refrigerators and could consume them.

Check your refrigerators to make sure you don't have any of these contaminated items!

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