Romaine Lettuce Recall announced - Sold at Vons and Pavilions Stores in California and Nevada

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the voluntary recall of 19 cases of bulk Romaine lettuce that was sold at California and Nevada Vons and Pavilions stores because the produce could be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Romaine lettuce was sold in the bulk produce bins between July 2, 2012 and July 4, 2012 at the stores listed above. The lettuce head has a red twist tie that has the word “Safeway” printed on it. The bulk packs of the Romaine lettuce came from Pacific International Marketing with 15 heads in each box. They all had the code 12EASROM182. All other Romaine lettuce heads, such as carton or bagged packages, are safe to eat and are not included in the recall.

The recall was announced after Salmonella was found during a field level sample test.

Consumers who might have purchased the lettuce should not eat it. They can either discard it or take it back to the place of purchase to get a full refund. No illnesses have been reported.

Salmonella can cause serious illnesses in the very young, the very old, and those with weakened health. The illness in these individuals can sometimes prove fatal. Common symptoms of a Salmonella infection include diarrhea, fever, upset stomach, vomiting, and stomach cramps. The illness can develop into a more serious infection if it travels into the bloodstream.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

ref: FDA

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