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Salad Recall Resulting From Listeria Contamination

Giant Foods, Stop & Shop, and Wegmans grocery stores have issued a salad recall resulting from listeria contamination. Nature's Promise brand and Wegmans brand salad products are among the list of recalled produce. The products were packaged on January 4, 2011 by State Garden, Inc. of Chelsea, Massachusetts and have a "Best If Used By Date" of January 15, 2011. The recall largely affects the East Coast of the United States.

The recall list includes:
Nature's Promise Organic Baby Spinach & Spring Mix, 7 oz, UPC 688267086410
Nature's Promise Organic Caesar Salad Kit, 10.75 oz, UPC 68826723573
Nature's Promise Organic Spring Mix, 16 oz, UPC 688267039089
Nature's Promise Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce, 7 oz, UPC 688267086403
Nature's Promise Baby Spinach With Ranch Dressing and Fork, 3.75 oz UPC 688267123559
Nature's Promise Organic Caesar Salad With Caesar Supreme Dressing and Fork, 5.75 oz, UPC 688267123566
Nature's Promise Organic Spring Mix With Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing and Fork, 3 oz, UPC 688267123542
Wegmans Spinach, 10 oz, UPC 077890926413
Wegmans Spinach & Field Mix, 11 oz, UPC 077890164112
Wegmans Organic Spinach & Field Mix, 11 oz, UPC 077890164112
Wegmans Organic Spinach & Field Mix, 5 oz, UPC 077890164372
Wegmans Organic Baby Spinach, 11 oz, UPC 077890740842
Wegmans Organic Baby Spinach, 5 oz, UPC 077890349595
Wegmans Organic Spring Mix, 16 oz, UPC 077890737873
Wegmans Organic Spring Mix, 5 oz, UPC 077890349656
Wegmans Organic Asian Salad, 5 oz, UPC 077890122129
Wegmans Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce, 5 oz, UPC 077890122143
Wegmans Fresh Baby Spinach, 5 oz, UPC 077890124567
Wegmans Fresh Baby Romaine, 5 oz, UPC 077890132753
Wegmans Organic Spinach, Arugula, and Radicchio Blend, 5 oz, UPC 077890164389
Wegmans Organic Baby Romaine, 5 oz, UPC 077890349687
Wegmans Organic Baby Arugula, 5 oz, UPC 077890349779
Wegmans Fresh Spring Mix, 5 oz, UPC 077890668634
Wegmans Organic Spring Mix With Herbs, 5 oz, UPC 077890944424

All of the packages of affected products have the trace back code of 45693 and/or 45703 printed on the upper right corner of the labels and bags. The recall resulted from a Rhode Island Department of Health inspection which found listeria within a sample of State Garden's Northeast Spring Mix Salad.

Customers may discard the product and return to the store of purchase for a refund dependent upon the store's policy. Giant customers may call 1-877-846-9949. Wegmans customers may call 1-800-WEGMANS ext. 4760.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria which can cause serious and often fatal infections in people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, children, or the elderly. Symptoms of listeriosis included: fever, muscle aches, vomiting, nausea, and sometimes diarrhea. Left untreated, listeriosis can lead to meningitis or an infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord.

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