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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Fresh Express Salad Recall

Salinas, California based Fresh Express has issued a voluntary recall of almost 3000 cases of salad after a random sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The recall affects Veggie Lovers Salad with the product code I208 and use-by date of August 10 (this past Tuesday).

No illnesses have been reported because of the positive test. The sample was found by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. The recall affects 13 states, and a possible redistribution in 14 states.

This is the third Fresh Express voluntary recall since May. This can mean more than just that Fresh Express product is dirty. It may also mean that new vigilance many companies are undergoing by the FDA, the USDA, and other federal agencies is working. This is due to the alarming rise in people becoming sick after eating food tainted with different bacterium.

Listeria monocytogenes is one bacterium that causes foodborne illness. The symptoms inlcued muscle aches, fever, nausea and diarrhea. People with weakened immune systems and pregnant women are more susceptible to Listeria than others.

There are many foodborne illnesses that can hit anyone at anytime, depending on what is eaten and where. Salmonella and E. coli are two of the most common foodborne illnesses. Others include campylobacter, shigella, vibrio and yersinia.

If you or a loved one has become seriously ill from eating tainted food, please contact the experienced defective product attorneys at the Cochran Law Firm. We serve clients nationwide.

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posted by Benjamin A. Irwin at 8:49 AM

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