Lettuce Recalled for Salmonella Contamination

It’s not only raw meat that can make you sick. Romaine lettuce is being recalled in California and other states because it could be contaminated with Salmonella

River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, Calif., is recalling their bulk-packed, 24 –count cartons of romaine lettuce heads that could be tainted with the foodborne pathogen. The cartons have the lot code 13816291.

The lettuce was not sold at individual grocery stores, but distributed to 36 restaurants and foodservice clients in California, according to a news release by the California Department of Public Health. The clients were mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Fresno, Calif. Other states, however, may also be affected by the recall.

A random sample by the New York State Health Department tested positive for Salmonella in romaine heads distributed to Landover, Md.-based Keany Produce clients.

As a Seattle foodborne illness attorney, I’m glad to hear that no illnesses have been reported as a result of the contaminated lettuce. Foodborne pathogens can be extremely dangerous on produce because the foods are often eaten raw, and the harmful bacteria are not cooked off.

Salmonella food poisoning can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. It can also be fatal in people with weakened immune systems such as young or elderly people.