If you’re into salads take note—there’s been a major salad recall from several large retailers, including Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Walmart and 7-Eleven stores. The USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) recently issued several warnings, cautioning consumers not to eat some prepared salad kits from these stores.

GH Foods CA, LLC, GHSE, Prime Deli Corporation and Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc. recently recalled ready-to-eat salads that contain chicken products. There is a potential Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination risk in a corn ingredient, as these manufacturers all share the same supplier. So before you eat that salad you might have grabbed on the go, check out this recall.

Photo: Courtesy of Whole Foods Market

Recall Description: Ready-to-Eat Salads from Whole Foods, Walmart, Trader Joe’s & 7-Eleven

The Whole Foods Salads (from GH Foods CA) that are part of this recall were produced between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13, 2018. These were sold in California and include:

  • 9.75-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken” and Best If Sold By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/18/18.
  • 10-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “365 BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET BBQ STYLE CHOPPED SALAD WITH CHICKEN” and Best If Sold By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/20/18.
  • 6-lbs. bagged kit containing “BBQ Style Salad Kit with White Chicken” and Use By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/22/18.
  • 8-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “365 BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET CHICKEN FAJITA SALAD” and Best If Sold By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/20/18.

Trader Joe’s affected salads (from Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc.) include:

  • 7-oz. clear plastic wrapped packages containing “MARY’S HARVEST Southwest Chicken Wrap w/ Rib Meat” and “Use By” dates from 10/15/18 through 10/23/18.
  • 11-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “TRADER JOSE’S MEXICALI INSPIRED SALAD WITH CHILI SEASONED CHICKEN” and “BEST BY” dates from 10/15/18 through 10/19/18.

The 7-Eleven salads recalled (from Prime Deli Corporation) include 217-pounds of products with bacon that were produced on Oct. 13, 2018. These include:

  • 11.2-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “7-ELEVEN™ BISTRO SOUTHWEST STYLE SALAD WITH BACON” and best by date of “Tuesday 1016”.
  • 9.6-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “7-ELEVEN™ BISTRO SOUTHWEST STYLE SALAD WITH BACON” and best by date of “Tuesday 1016”.

Walmart’s recalled salads include Marketside Fiesta Salad With Steak (from GHSE, LLC):

  •  15.25-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Marketside™ FIESTA SALAD WITH STEAK” and use by date from 10/17/2018 through 10/20/2018.

Why the Salads Were Recalled

Again, the salad recall has to do with potential Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes bacteria contamination. Even though there are currently no confirmed cases due to the salads, Salmonella can cause serious stomach symptoms such as abdominal cramps and diarrhea. Symptoms usually start between 12 and 72 hours after eating a contaminated food, and last from 4 to 7 days.

The bacteria Listeria monocytogenes can result in muscle aches, headache, fever, confusion, stomach symptoms and possibly convulsions. This bacteria more seriously affects the elderly, newborns and those with compromised immune systems. Pregnant women with this infection are at a greater risk for miscarriage, pre-term delivery or stillbirth. If you’ve eaten a product contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes and have flu-like symptoms within two months of ingestion, contact your doctor immediately—especially if you are pregnant.

How to Tell If Your Salad Was Recalled

Along with checking the package for the above mentioned product types, look for an establishment number inside of the USDA mark of inspection:

  • Whole Foods: “EST P-39994”
  • Trader Joe’s: “P-39928” or “40310-M”
  • 7-Eleven: “EST 13553”
  • Walmart: “EST 45781”

What Parents Can Do

Don’t eat the affected salads. Either throw the salads away or return them to the place of purchase. The list of manufacturers and brands may expand as the FSIS announces additional recalls. The USDA’s website has the latest updates.

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—Erica Loop

 

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