Fresh Express announced today it is recalling a specific selection of its romaine-based ready-to-eat salads due to the potential for salmonella contamination.
The recall extends only to products with expired use-by dates of May 13 through May 16 and an “S” in the product code that were sold in 26 states, including California.
Company officials said the recall was done “out of an abundance of caution based on an isolated instance in which a single package of Fresh Express hearts of romaine salad with a use-by date of May 15 was confirmed positive for salmonella in a random sample test conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.”
Salmonella is an organism that can cause fever, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and possibly bloody diarrhea in healthy individuals, and serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people and others with weakened immune systems.
Company officials issued a statement saying it is “highly unlikely” that any of the potentially affected salads are still on store shelves due to the expired use-by dates,” but consumers might still have the product in their refrigerator and should immediately discard it.
The use-by date is found in the upper right hand corner of the package with the product code located immediately underneath. For Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Salads, the use-by date and product code are located on the bottom of the salad bowl.
Consumers can obtain a refund by contacting a Fresh Express