It’s getting to the point where people are almost afraid to eat anything. There have been recalls for ground turkey, ground beef, cantaloupes and now lettuce.
A California company is recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine lettuce shipped to Oregon and other Western states after the Food and Drug Administration found listeria in a sample.
True Leaf Farms says the recall affects cartons of chopped lettuce shipped to Oregon and then further distributed to Idaho, Washington and perhaps elsewhere. That means you could still hear about recalled lettuce at a store near you. As of now the Atlanta area isn’t part of the recall.
While there haven’t been any illnesses reported as of yet, listeria symptoms can take weeks to a month to show up.
The deadly bacteria is also the cause of an ongoing outbreak from tainted cantaloupes that has sickened 72 people and killed at least 13 people.
The company warns consumers not to eat the lettuce and to either return it to the store you bought it from or destroy it. The recalled lettuce carries a use by date of “9/29/11” and the bag and box code B256-46438-8.
According to the Atlanta based CDC, listeriosis causes fever, muscle aches and diarrhea or other gastrointestinal problems. It can be deadly for high-risk groups such as the elderly, those with compromised immune systems or chronic medical conditions like cancer. Listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirth and serious illness or death in newborn babies.
For more on the cantaloupe recall click here.