Giant Eagle recalls shredded lettuce; cites possible listeria

10:58 AM, Oct 14, 2011   |    comments
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Concerned over possible listeria contamination, Giant Eagle has pulled shredded iceberg lettuce pouches from stores.

Farmer's Market Shredded Iceberg Lettuce -- UPC 3003430195 -- is being recalled. It was processed by River Ranch. 

On a routine inspection of River Ranch products, the FDA discovered listeria in one bag of lettuce, so Giant Eagle pulled the stock as a precaution.

The grocery store chain removed all potentially affected products from the shelves and issued a register sale block. The company also called customers who had purchased the products with instructions to dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.

The expiration dates of recalled lettuce read from October 14 through October 20. 

There are no reports of any local customers sickened by the shredded lettuce, but the grocery store chain wants to be safe.

For questions or concerns please call Giant Eagle Customer Care at 1-800-553-2324 or River Ranch at 1-800-762-7708. You can also go online to Giant Eagle lettuce recall.

The Centers for Disease Control says listeria primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.

Symptoms include headache, nausea and stiffness.  It can take up to 70 days for symptoms to show.

However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage.  Refrigerator thermometers should be kept between 38 and 40 degrees. Health experts also say, it's not a bad idea to rewash bagged, ready-to-eat salad.


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