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Health Hazard Alert - Certain River Ranch brand and Sysco Natural brand salads may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
May 19, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC
Distribution:
National
Extent of the distribution:
Retail
Reference number:
7163, 7168, 7169, 7170

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 19, 2012 - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public as well as various importers, distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeteria, hospitals and nursing homes not to serve or consume various salads described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a part of the larger recall of retail and foodservice salads initiated by River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC, California, USA with distribution in Canada.

The smaller size retail packages of salads have Best Before dates between 12MAY 2012 - 22MAY 2012. The larger size packages of salads sold to foodservice have Julian dates between 116 – 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the packages.

These products may have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

The importers listed below are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace.  The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

FreshPoint Vancouver, Ltd. BC
J.E. Russel Produce Ltd., Toronto, ON
Sysco Calgary AB
Sysco Edmonton AB
Sysco Regina SK
Sysco Winnipeg MB
Sysco Thunderbay ON

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size Code(s) on Product UPC
River Ranch American Style Iceberg & Romaine 340 g N/A 45388 60042
River Ranch Classic Garden 454 g N/A 45388 60002
River Ranch Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix 454 g N/A 45388 10046
River Ranch Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix 12 x 1 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 8438798 N/A
River Ranch Chopped Iceberg w/Color 6 x 2 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675602 N/A
River Ranch Chopped Iceberg w/Color 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675602 N/A
River Ranch Chopped Lettuce 4 x 5 lb. N/A N/A
River Ranch Chopped Romaine 6 x 2 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 45388-880 N/A
River Ranch Chopped Romaine w/ Liner 6 x 2 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 2189819 N/A
River Ranch Classic Garden Blend 12 x 1 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 4323655 N/A
River Ranch Lettuce Separate Salad 4 x 5 lb. N/A N/A
River Ranch Shred Grn Cabbage 4 x 5 lb. N/A N/A
River Ranch Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675701 N/A
River Ranch Shredded Lettuce 1/4 4 x 5 lb. N/A N/A
River Ranch Shredded Lettuce 1/8 4 x 5 lb. N/A N/A
River Ranch Shredded Red Cabbage 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1277417 N/A
Sysco Natural Chopped Iceberg 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675503 N/A
Sysco Natural Chopped Iceberg w/Color 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675602 N/A
Sysco Natural Chopped Romaine 6 x 2 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 2189819 N/A
Sysco Natural Iceberg Salad Mix 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675586 N/A
Sysco Natural Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675701 N/A
Sysco Natural Shredded Iceberg (1/4") 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675545 N/A
Sysco Natural Shredded Iceberg (1/8") 4 x 5 lb. Sysco Item # (SUPC): 1675529 N/A

More information

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with this bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

For more information on foodborne pathogens, visit the Causes of Food Poisoning web page.

For more information, consumers and industry can contact the CFIA by filling out the online feedback form.

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