If you’re in the mood for a quick, healthy meal, but don’t want to fuss with washing and chopping, it’s so easy to reach in the fridge for a bag of prewashed salad greens. But lazy salad lovers beware: it seems like there is an E. coli or salmonella recall on bagged salad every other month.
The Food and Drug Administration announced that Dole Fresh Vegetables is voluntarily recalling 756 cases of Dole Seven Lettuces salad due to a risk of salmonella contamination. The recall applies to all bags of Seven Lettuces salad with use-by date of April 11, 2012. The product is nearly a week past its expiration date, but we all know how well people observe the dates stamped on products. Previous salad and spinach recalls have been announced in December,October and August.
No illnesses have been reported in association with the recall. This precautionary recall was prompted by a sample positive result for salmonella in a random sample test of Seven Lettuces collected and conducted by the State of New York. The FDA recommends consumers to throw away any remaining product and retailers should remove the products from the shelves.
Salmonella contamination may cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain. Young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems are at the greatest risk.
In more salmonella news, the suspicious spicy tuna sushi we reported on on April 4, is making headlines again. Previously under FDA investigation to confirm the source of a salmonella outbreak, the FDA has identified California-based Moon Marine USA as the source of the contaminated sushi tuna that has make more than 100 people sick in 20 states. Moon Marine is voluntarily recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of raw yellowfin tuna known as Nakaochi Scrape, which is scraped from fish bones.
The FDA did not advise consumers to completely stop eating spicy tuna sushi, but recommends consumers to check with the restaurant or retailer to make sure it s not Nakaochi Scrape from Moon Marine.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention said New York saw highest number of cases, with 24 salmonella victims during this outbreak, but other victims were been reported in Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin.
-Elise Rambaud Marrion, @emarrion_cmn