Using a bagged salad for tonight's dinner? Check if you've got a Ready Pac brand bag: the FDA has announced a recall of several of the brand's bagged salad varieties due to E. coli contamination. The recalled bags have a use-by date of November 18, 2011.
Although no illnesses have been reported, E. coli can cause diarrhea and, most likely in young children and the elderly, a potentially fatal kidney infection called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
Plus: Diarrhea Health Guide
The recall affects Ready Pac bagged salad products sold in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Look for this info on your bagged salad to see if it's included in the recall:
BEST IF USED BY
10oz. Ready Pac Caesar Romaine
9.25oz Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad
10oz. Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad
10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine
10oz. Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit
10oz. Raley’s Caesar Romaine
10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad
16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad
10oz. Safeway Farms Caesar Romaine
9oz. Safeway Farms Hearts of Romaine
10oz. Safeway Farms Complete Caesar Supreme
10.25oz Safeway Farms Complete Southwestern Ranch
You can also view images of the recalled bagged salads on the FDA website.
If you have a recalled product, record the Use-by Date and UPC code, discard the product and call Ready Pac at (800) 800-7822, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific Time) for a full refund.