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Giant Eagle recalls shredded iceberg lettuce

By Lisa Abraham Published: October 14, 2011

Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle grocery stores have recalled their Farmer’s Market brand of shredded iceberg lettuce due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration conducted a routine, random sample test of the store’s eight-ounce package, with a use by date of Oct. 14, and found the presence of  listeria.

   To date, no illnesses have been reported from consumption of the lettuce.

The lettuce was produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC of Salinas, Calif.

    The lettuce has a package UPC code number of 3003430195). The shredded lettuce also was used in a small number of prepared deli ring sandwiches, including Giant Eagle Large Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 23755100000), Giant Eagle Mini Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 24755500000), Giant Eagle Large New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 22755100000), Giant Eagle Mini New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 25755500000), Giant Eagle Large All America Sandwich Ring (UPC 21755100000), and Giant Eagle Mini All American Sandwich Ring (UPC 26755500000).

   In a news release, the company said it has removed all of the product from its stores and also has implemented a register block of the item to prevent it from being inadvertently purchased.  Customers who purchased the item (through identification through their customers loyalty cards) also received telephone calls to warn them not to eat it and instructing them to return the lettuce to a store for a full refund.

   Giant Eagle uses loyalty card purchase history data to contact customers who may be affected by food recalls with a health risk and the company encourages customers to update their contact information (mailing address or phone umber) so that such communications are received. Call 1-800-474-4777 to update customer information.

   The bacteria can cause listeriosis, a relatively rare disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Altanta, the symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, vomiting, and sometimes, diarrhea. The infection can cause meningitis if it spreads to the nervous system. Listeriosis typically only affects the elderly, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.

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