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True Leaf Farms, LLC Cancels Precautionary Recall Actions of Its Spring Mix and Arugula Finished Product
Church Brothers Produce
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Salinas, CA -- July 26, 2006 -- True Leaf Farms, LLC announced on July 26th that one of seven samples of spring mix and arugula that had tested presumptive 'positive' for potential contamination with Salmonella is now believed to have been tainted through a laboratory error. The laboratory used by its customer for internal 'hold and tests' of its finished product orally informed the company of the error today, adding that the batch should have tested 'negative.'
In addition, True Leaf now has independent test results from retention samples taken from that very same run of finished product on Saturday, July 21st. These results were negative for Salmonella confirming that the spring mix and arugula are not contaminated, as once suspected.
"The most important result here is that no consumers were hurt or endangered," said David Gill, Chief Executive Officer of True Leaf. "Even though this presumptive 'positive' report turned out to be an error, withdrawing all of the product was still the right thing to do. We would do exactly the same thing if it happened again. There can simply be no higher priority than the safety of our customers."
There have been no reports of illness or problems connected to this product. But, after being informed of the presumptive positive test on one of seven samples taken, True Leaf, working through its wholesale and retail outlets, began the withdrawal of products from the marketplace. To exercise the utmost caution, True Leaf began the withdrawal of all cases shipped from July 19 through July 25, 2007.
Appropriate authorities were informed about the precautionary withdrawal and kept updated on developments.
"Based on oral confirmation of error from the initial laboratory and the second set of tests confirming the products are safe, we have begun working with our vendors to see how much of the produce that was in the process of being withdrawn can now be returned to the marketplace," added Gill. "In doing so, we will continue to err on the side of caution in terms of consumer safety. We will only release product that we are sure is perfectly fresh and safe."