-- Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California
Department of Public Health (CDPH), today
warned people not to consume bagged salad
products from Ready Pac Food Inc. because
of romaine lettuce possibly contaminated
with E coli O157:H7. No illnesses have
been associated with the recalled product.
Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection
may include abdominal cramps and diarrhea
which is often bloody. Most infected
people recover within a week; however,
some may develop complications that
require hospitalization. Young children
and the elderly are at highest risk
for a potentially life-threatening
complication known as hemolytic uremic
syndrome (HUS) which includes kidney
voluntarily recalled romaine lettuce
is packaged in 9 oz., 9.25 oz., 10
oz., 10.25 oz., and 16 oz. bags under
the Ready Pac, Trader Joe’s,
Safeway and Dining In Classic labels.
Products have a Use by Date of November
18, 2011. A list of affected products
and photos are available.
The recall was issued based on a positive
finding of E.coli O157:H7 from a random
surveillance sample of bagged lettuce
collected and analyzed by the United
States Department of Agriculture. The
recalled romaine products were distributed
to retail locations in Arizona, California,
Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas,
Consumers should discard the product
or return them to the place of purchase.
People who develop symptoms of E.
coli O157:H7 infection after consuming
Ready Pac romaine lettuce should consult
their health care provider.
Consumers that observe the product
being offered for sale are encouraged
to report their findings to the CDPH
toll free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.
Department of Public