The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public not to consume certain Fresh Express brand Hearts of Romaine salad because this product may be contaminated with Salmonellabacteria.
The affected product, Fresh Express brand Hearts of Romaine salad, Product of U.S.A., is sold in 510 g (18 oz.) packages, bearing UPC 0 71279 26201 7, production code S270A24, and Best Before Date OCT 11.
This product has been distributed in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. However, it may have been distributed to other provinces and territories.
There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product.
Food contaminated with Salmonella may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause salmonellosis, a foodborne illness. In young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women, salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. In otherwise healthy people, salmonellosis may cause short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Long-term complications may include severe arthritis.
Salmonellosis during pregnancy is especially troublesome because: pregnant women are more vulnerable to complications, so have a lower threshold for investigation, admission and treatment, febrile illness in pregnancy may cause miscarriage or premature labour, acute abdominal conditions are more difficult to diagnose during pregnancy and finally salmonellosis can directly harm the fetus.
The CFIA is working with the Canadian importers to remove the affected product from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recall.
For more information, consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday)