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Expanded Health Hazard Alert - Certain RIVER RANCH brand salads may contain Listeria monocytogenes

Recall / advisory date:
May 20, 2012
Reason for recall / advisory:
Microbiological - Listeria
Hazard classification:
Class 1
Company / Firm:
J.E. Russell Produce Ltd., Bamford Produce Company Ltd., Freshpoint Vancouver Ltd., Martin's Produce Sales Ltd., SYSCO Calgary, SYSCO Edmonton
Extent of the distribution:
Reference number:
7180, 7179, 7178, 7177, 7176, 7175

Advisory details

Ottawa, May 20, 2012 - The public warning issued on May 19, 2012 has been expanded to include new products and Best Before date codes.

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 - 29MAY 2012. The larger size packages of salads sold to foodservice have Julian dates between 118 - 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the packages.

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
Martins Produce Ltd., Saskatoon, SK
Sysco Calgary AB
Sysco Edmonton AB
Sysco Regina SK
Sysco Winnipeg MB
Sysco Thunderbay ON

Affected products

Brand Name Common Name Size UPC
River Ranch American Style Iceberg & Romaine 340 g 45388 60042
River Ranch Angel Hair 283 g 245388 10031
River Ranch Chopped Romaine 283 g 245388 88030
River Ranch Chopped Romaine 6 x 2 lb. 45388-880
River Ranch Classic Garden 454 g 45388 60002
River Ranch Iceberg & Romaine American 340 g 245388 60019
River Ranch Italian Salad 283 g 245388 60020
River Ranch Romaine Garden Blend 283 g 245388 60044
River Ranch Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix 454 g 45388 10046
River Ranch Chopped Iceberg w/Color 6 x 2 lb. N/A
River Ranch Chopped Iceberg w/Color 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Chopped Lettuce 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Chopped Romaine w/ Liner 6 x 2 lb. N/A
River Ranch Classic Garden Blend 12 x 1 lb. N/A
River Ranch Heritage Blend 1 x 3 lb. N/A
River Ranch Lettuce Separate Salad 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Shred Grn Cabbage 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Shredded Lettuce 1/4 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Shredded Lettuce 1/8 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Caesar Salad Kit 284 g 245388 60043
River Ranch Shredded Red Cabbage 4 x 5 lb. N/A
River Ranch Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix 12 x 1 lb. 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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