Giant Food, Wegmans recall salad for potential Listeria

January 26, 2011 5:54:21 PM PST
Two area supermarket have recalled bagged salad and spinach products that could potentially be contaiminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Giant Food is recalling certain Nature's Promise organic bagged salad items.

Wegmans is also affected by the recall, as is Stop & Shop, Giant's sister supermarket chain in other East Coast markets.

The salad products were produced January 4, 2011 by State Garden, Inc. of Chelsea Massachusetts and distributed to stores on the East Coast under various sizes and brand names, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

While the packages in question have a "Best if Used By Date" of January 15, 2011 -- nearly two weeks ago -- symptoms of Listeria contamination can occur several weeks after a product is consumed.

Giant's and Stop & Shop's recall affects the following products:

Nature's Promise Organic Baby Spinach & Spring Mix, 7 oz., UPC 688267086410
Nature's Promise Organic Caesar Salad Kit, 10.75 oz., UPC 68826723573
Nature's Promise Organic Spring Mix, 16 oz., UPC 688267039089
Nature's Promise Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce, 7 oz., UPC 688267086403
Nature's Promise Baby Spinach w/ Ranch Dressing & Fork, 3.75 oz. UPC 688267123559
Nature's Promise Organic Caesar Salad w/ Caesar Supreme Dressing & Fork, 5.75 oz. UPC 688267123566
Nature's Promise Organic Spring Mix w/ Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressings & Fork, 3 oz. UPC 688267123542

The Wegmans brand of salad products include the following:

Wegmans Spinach, 10 oz., UPC 077890926413
Wegmans Spinach & Field Mix, 11 oz., UPC 077890164112
Wegmans Organic Spinach & Field Mix, 11 oz., UPC 077890164112
Wegmans Organic Spinach & Field Mix, 5 oz., UPC 077890164372
Wegmans Organic Baby Spinach, 11 oz., UPC 077890740842
Wegmans Organic Baby Spinach, 5 oz., UPC 077890349595
Wegmans Organic Spring Mix, 16 oz., UPC 077890737873
Wegmans Organic Spring Mix, 5 oz., UPC 077890349656
Wegmans Organic Asian Salad, 5 oz., UPC 077890122129
Wegmans Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce, 5 oz., UPC 077890122143
Wegmans Fresh Baby Spinach, 5 oz., UPC 077890124567
Wegmans Fresh Baby Romaine, 5 oz., UPC 077890132753
Wegmans Organic Spinach, Arugula, and Radicchio Blend, 5 oz., UPC 077890164389
Wegmans Organic Baby Romaine, 5 oz., UPC 077890349687
Wegmans Organic Baby Arugula, 5 oz., UPC 077890349779
Wegmans Fresh Spring Mix, 5 oz., UPC 077890668634
Wegmans Organic Spring Mix with Herbs, 5 oz., UPC 077890944424

Regardless of brand name, all the packages affected by the recall have "trace back codes" 45693 and 45703 printed in the upper right corner of labels and bags.

The recall was issued after the Rhode Island Department of Health found that a sample of one of State Garden's other products -- Northeast Spring Mix Salad -- tested positive for Listeria.

Giant customers should discard the recalled products and bring the receipt to any Giant for a refund. Customers may call 1-877-846-9949. Wegmans customers should call 1-800-WEGMANS, ext. 4760 or fill out an online form. Customers with health concerns should contact their doctor.

Giant, based in Landover, Maryland, operates 179 supermarkets in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Wegmans, of Rochester, New York, has 5 locations in Northern Virginia and one in Lanham, Maryland.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems, according to the FDA. Symptoms may include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Some miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women have been traced back to Listeria infections.

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