Over 97,271 pounds of salad products were recalled by a New Jersey company due to potential E. coli contamination.
The products were sold at Aldi, Walmart, Target, and other stores under the brand names Ready Pac, Little Salad Bar, Bonduelle, Marketside, Signature Cafe, and more. For the complete list, click here.
The salads were produced between October 14 and 16 and bear the establishment number, “EST. 18502B” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
A foodborne illness outbreak in Maryland alerted health officials to contamination that may affect these products. The reports indicated consumers ate Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Caesar Salad and then became sick. Over 30 different packaged salad products have use-by dates of October 28 and November 1.
Some of the products may have been shipped to 22 states including: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Missa Bay, the New Jersey manufacturer, issued the voluntary recall after concerns the romaine lettuce in the salads may be responsible for the outbreak. This comes after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised consumers not to eat romaine lettuce harvested in Salinas, Calif.
The current romaine E. coli outbreak has infected 67 people in 19 different states.
E. coli symptoms
The symptoms of E. coli food poisoning typically present three to four days after consuming the product. Dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps are among the side effects. Children and elderly persons, or those with compromised immune systems, are at risk of experiencing the worst of the effects.
According to the USDA, children five and under, as well as adults, may be susceptible to a kidney syndrome from E. coli food poisoning. The warning signs are typically easy bruising, decreased urine output, and pallor.
Do you have a food poisoning lawsuit?
If you or a family member became sick after eating one of the recalled salads, you should contact the lawyers at Johnson // Becker. Financial compensation may be available to you by filing a food poisoning lawsuit. We offer a Free Case Evaluation and would be honored to speak to you.