A Pittsburgh firm is now recalling shredded iceberg lettuce sold in a variety of package sizes and deli ring sandwiches because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The contamination was identified in a routine test on an eight-ounce package of lettuce conducted by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Consumers in possession of any of the items included in this recall should discard them immediately or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.
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What’s the problem?
October 12, 2011 – The U.S. Food & Drug Administration announced today that Giant Eagle is recalling the following products containing shredded iceberg lettuce produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:
- Giant Eagle Farmer’s Market Shredded Iceberg Lettuce (UPC 3003430195)
- Giant Eagle Large Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 23755100000)
- Giant Eagle Mini Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 24755500000)
- Giant Eagle Large New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 22755100000)
- Giant Eagle Mini New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 25755500000)
- Giant Eagle Large All America Sandwich Ring (UPC 21755100000)
- Giant Eagle Mini All American Sandwich Ring (UPC 26755500000)
In response to these developments, Giant Eagle has initiated a voluntary recall of all potentially affected shredded iceberg lettuce, including a register sale block to ensure that none of the product was inadvertently purchased by consumers. Additionally, the company is calling customers who purchased the lettuce with instructions to dispose of the product or return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Giant Eagle uses loyalty card purchase history data to contact consumers who may be affected by food recalls with a health risk.
How Does Listeria Get Into Food?
Listeria monocytogenes bacteria grow and multiply in soil and water. Vegetables can become contaminated from the soil or from manure used as fertilizer. Animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill, and can contaminate foods of animal origin such as meats and dairy products. Listeria has been found in a variety of raw foods, as well as in processed food products that become contaminated after processing. Unpasteurized raw milk or foods made from unpasteurized products may contain the bacterium. Listeria can be effectively killed by pasteurization and thorough cooking. However, in certain cases, contamination may occur after cooking but before packaging.
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