2011-01-27 / News

Salad mix pulled from grocery store after contamination report

All containers of Northeast Spring Mix Salad have been removed from McQuade’s Marketplace after a sample recently tested positive for listeria monocytogenes.

McQuade’s manager Maurice Browning said Tuesday that the product had been taken off the grocery store shelves as of Jan. 22. “There have been no illnesses associated with it as far as I know,” he said.

The organic salad mix has proven popular with McQuade’s customers, Browning said. He added that the product, which came from State Garden of Chelsea, Mass., was available from two of McQuade’s grocery suppliers.

Browning said McQuade’s would probably switch to a different provider for its salad mixes. However, Browning cautioned consumers that it is always advisable to wash lettuce and other fresh vegetables, even if the package labeling states that is has been pre-washed.

The Rhode Island Department of Health advised consumers to check if they may have any suspect salad mix. Listeria is an organism that can cause serious or fatal infections in young children, elderly or anyone with a weak immune system.

The product that tested positive for listeria was sold in sevenounce bags and has a product code of Jan15/457034.

No listeria illnesses have been reported in association with this recall. Anyone who bought an item on the recall list should throw the product away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund.

Symptoms of listeria include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

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