Fresh Express is recalling 10 brands of salad mixes sold in 19 states after listeria was found in a sample test of one of the products.
The meal-kit provider’s recall involves Fresh Express and private-label salad products produced at its plant in Streamwood, Illinois, Fresh Express announced Monday.
Listeria can cause serious and, at times, fatal infections in the young, elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms in healthy individuals include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, and miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. An estimated 1,600 Americans get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The potentially tainted products were sold by retailers in 19 states in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as in the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Manitoba. The U.S. states include: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
The recall includes all use-by dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350. Product codes can be found on the front of packages below the use-by date. (See full list of products and codes below.)
The recall was initiated after Michigan agriculture officials found listeria in a package of Fresh Express 9-ounce Sweet Hearts salad mix produced at the Streamwood facility, Fresh Express stated. The tainted item had a use-by date of December 8, 2021.
The CDC has reported 10 illnesses associated with the strain of listeria monocytogenes detected in the random sample starting in 2016 to the present, the company noted. Fresh Express stopped production at the Streamwood facility and a sanitation review is underway, it said.
People who purchased the recalled products should not consume them and instead throw them out. To get a refund or more information, call (800) 242-5472 between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern time. Refunds are also available at the place of purchase.
Editor’s note: The original version of this story mistakenly said that salads sold by Fresh Direct were among the brands being recalled over concerns that some products might contain listeria. The recall was issued by meal kit seller Fresh Express, not Fresh Direct.
Fresh Express Product Recall December 20, 2021
Fresh Express America’s Fresh 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw 14 oz
Fresh Express America’s Fresh 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw 24 oz
Fresh Express America’s Fresh Old Fashioned Cole Slaw 14oz
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Bacon Thousand Island 9.4 oz
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Thai ‘N” Cashews 11.7 oz
Fresh Express Gourmet Café Creative Classics Chicken Caesar 5.75 oz
Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Santa Fe Greek 5.23 oz
Fresh Express Organic Salad Kit Sweet Dijon Onion 7.6 oz
Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit – Asian Avocado 9.7 oz
Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit – Honey Pecan 9.3oz
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Asian Caesar 9.6 oz
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Asian Caesar 9.6oz
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Avocado Caesar 9.7 oz
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Caesar 9.4oz
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Greek Caesar 9.3oz
Giant Eagle Chopped Avocado Ranch Salad Kit 12.8 oz
Little Salad Bar Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad Kit 13.2 oz
Little Salad Bar Sunflower Chopped Salad Kit 11.3 oz
Little Salad Bar Sweet Kale Chopped Salad Kit 12.2 oz
Market District Ultimate Kale Caesar Salad Kit 8.5 oz
Marketside Family Size Sunflower Bacon Crunch Chopped Salad Kit 22.3oz
Weis Fresh From the Field 50-50 Salad Mix 5oz
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