River Ranch Fresh Foods expands bagged salad mix recall

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The voluntary recall issued by River Ranch Fresh Foods Limited for various varieties of its bagged salad mixes potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, has been expanded to include additional varieties of salad mixes. The organism Listeria monocytogenes is a contaminant known to cause severe and even deadly illness in young children, the elderly, and others with weakened or compromised immune systems who inadvertently consume it. Pregnant women who eat food contaminated with the organism may experience stillbirth or miscarriage. Adults with healthy immune systems who consume Listeria monocytogenes may become ill with temporary symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, intense headaches, and high body temperature. The bagged salad mixes affected by this recall were distributed for sale at retail store across the United States and Canada under the brand names River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Shurfresh, and The Farmer’s Market in various sized packaging. Foodservice salad products were distributed for resale under the brand names Sysco and River Ranch. All bags of salad mix under recall for potential contamination are stamped with Best By dates ranging from May 12, 2012 to May 29, 2012 or Julian dates 118 or 125 on the upper right front corner of the bag. This recall has been issued at the request of the United States Food and Drug Administration. Consumers in possession of affected products should discard them without consuming or return them to their original pace of purchase for a full refund of the purchase price.