Ready Pac Foods Recalls Bagged Salad Due to Potential E. Coli Contamination

On November 18th, the FDA announced that Ready Pac Foods Inc. of Irwindale, CA was recalling bagged salad products that included Romain lettuce as the primary ingredient.  In total, 5,379 bags of the salad products were recalled due to the potential of being contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7.  All of the products included in the recall have a use-by date of November 18, 2011.

The bagged salad products were distributed to 15 states including California, Alaska, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Nebraska, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.  As of November 18th there were no other Ready Pac products included in the recall.  So far there have been no illnesses reported in relation to these products.  Ready Pac voluntarily recalled these products after it was reported to the company by the FDA that a single random sample tested positive for E. Coli.

Products included in the recall:

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION & UPC#

10oz. Ready Pac Caesar Romaine 0-77745-00202-6
9.25oz Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad 0-77745-21404-7
10oz. Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad 0-77745-20566-3
10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine 0-77745-21407-8
10oz. Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit 0-11225-02530-3
10oz. Raley’s Caesar Romaine 0-46567-71642-8
10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad 0013-2145
16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad 0020-7225
10oz. Safeway Farms Caesar Romaine 0-21130-98350-6
9oz. Safeway Farms Hearts of Romaine 0-21130-98358-2
10oz. Safeway Farms Complete Caesar Supreme 0-21130-33677-7
10.25oz Safeway Farms Complete Southwestern Ranch 0-21130-33679-1

The FDA recommends that consumers who may still have the bagged salads dispose of them immediately; UPC codes can be found on the back side of the bags.  Consumers who have purchased the products can request a full refund by contacting the Ready Pac Consumer Affairs representative between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Monday through Friday at 800-800-7822.

As experienced New York food poisoning attorneys, we know that while most healthy individuals experience only minor symptoms that last a few days, some individuals are at an increased risk of serious or even life-threatening complications.  Those individuals include the very young, elderly or those with a weakened immune system.  A serious complication of E. Coli food poisoning is HUS or Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a disease that poses a substantial threat to children and affects the kidneys as well as other organs.

If you have become ill after consuming foods tainted with E. Coli or other foodborne pathogens, you may be entitled to compensation of costs related to your illness.  Contact a New York injury attorney at Brown Chiari today for a free evaluation of your claim.

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