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Freshway Foods Voluntarily Recalls Products Containing Romaine Lettuce Because of Possible Health Risk

 

Contact: 1-888-361-7106

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 6, 2010 - Sidney, Ohio – Freshway Foods is voluntarily recalling products containing romaine lettuce with a use by date of May 12 or earlier because they have the potential to be contaminated with Escherichia coli O145 bacteria (E. coli O145). The products were sold under the Freshway brand and Imperial Sysco brand. The company is working with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to inform consumers of this recall.

This recall includes romaine lettuce products sold by Freshway Foods for food service outlets, wholesale, and in-store retail salad bars and delis; no other products are involved. Freshway Foods does not produce bulk, prepackaged romaine or bagged salad mixes containing romaine for sale in supermarkets, and therefore these products are not included in this recall. 

E. coli O145 causes a diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). HUS is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly. The condition can lead to serious kidney damage and even death. 

The recalled romaine lettuce products were sold to wholesalers and food service outlets in the following states east of the Mississippi river: Alabama, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The recalled romaine products were also sold for distribution to in-store salad bars and delis for Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores in the states listed. 

The recall comes after FDA informed Freshway Foods the afternoon of Wednesday, May 5 that a previously unopened product sample in a New York state laboratory tested positive for the bacteria. Freshway Foods traced the entire lot of romaine products and is advising customers to cease use and distribution of it immediately. This recall may be linked to an outbreak investigation in New York, Michigan, and Ohio.  

Freshway Foods has kept the FDA and other public health authorities fully apprised of its handling of this matter, and it continues to cooperate with them to identify the cause. An extensive FDA investigation of Freshway Foods’ facility in Sidney has not uncovered any contamination at the plant. 

"Freshway Foods is committed to our customers and their consumers who enjoy our products every day. We practice strict food safety guidelines to ensure that our products are as safe as possible, and we will continue to look for opportunities for improvement," said Phil Gilardi, President. "We are voluntarily issuing this recall because we want to do everything possible to minimize risk to public health."  

Product instructions for consumers and the public at large: 

Consumers who purchased romaine from an in-store salad bars and delis at Kroger, Giant Eagle, Ingles Markets, and Marsh stores in the states previously listed should throw the product away. 

It is important to note that bulk, prepackaged romaine or bagged salad mixes containing romaine that were purchased in supermarkets are not included in this recall; Freshway Foods does not produce these products. 

Consumers with questions may call Freshway Foods’ information desk at 1-888-361-7106 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, M-F) or visit our web site for updates, www.freshwayfoods.com

Product instructions for food service outlets, wholesalers, and in-store retail salad bars and delis: 

This recall includes romaine lettuce products sold by Freshway Foods for sale in food service, wholesale, and in-store salad bars and delis. Please cease use and distribution of all products containing romaine lettuce and sold by Freshway Foods with a USE BY date of May 12 or earlier. Product descriptions are provided below and on our website at www.freshwayfoods.com.  

Owners of restaurants, in-store salad bars, in-store delis and other food service outlets who have questions may call their Freshway Foods representative, or visit our web site for updates, including disposition of recalled products. 

The following products containing romaine lettuce with USE BY dates prior to and including May 12 are being recalled. Please make special note of the item code, which identifies Freshway Foods as the supplier.

 

Item

Description

Pack Size

Use by Date

 

Freshway Branded

 

 

73602

CHOP LETTUCE W/ROMAINE

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73603

PICCOLO PEZZO

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73604

CHOP LETTUCE W/ ROMAINE

4/2.5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73605

ROMAINE BLEND 50-50

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73607

CHOP LETTUCE W/30% ROMAINE

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73609

ROMAINE LETTUCE BLEND SMALL CHOP 3/4" 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73612

LETTUCE CHOP W/20% ROMAINE 1/2" 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73615

CHOP LETTUCE W/30% ROMAINE

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73624

LETTUCE CHOP W/70% ROMAINE 6/3#

6/3 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73625

LETTUCE CHOP W/50% ROMAINE 1" x 1" 5/4#

5/4 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73626

LETTUCE CHOP W/40% ROMAINE 1.5" x 2" 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73627

LETTUCE BLEND W/20% ROMAINE 2/5# 1.5 x 2

2/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73804

20% ROMAINE SALAD MIX          4/5

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73809

LETTUCE BLEND W/SEP COLOR

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73811

ITALIAN LETTUCE BLEND

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73821

SALAD ROMAINE BLEND W/SEP 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73822

ROMAINE BLEND MIXED

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73827

SALAD W/35% ROMAINE 5% RC & 5% CARROT

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73829

SALAD MIX W/20% ROMAINE

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73830

ORIENTAL SALAD KIT 20#

20 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

73831

ORIENTAL SALAD MIX 4/3#

4/3 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73842

SALAD MIX W/ROMAINE 6/3#

6/3 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73854

SALAD W/30% ROMAINE 5% RC 5% CARROT 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73855

SALAD MIX STONEY RIVER 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

73865

ROMAINE SALAD W/15% RAD, 10% CAR 10% ENDIVE 4/2.5#

4/2.5 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74001

ROMAINE CHOPPED      6/2#         

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74002

ROMAINE SHREDDED   6/2#           

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74003

1/8" SHREDDED ROMAINE

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74006

ROMAINE CHOPPED  9/2#             

9/2 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74007

ROMAINE CHOPPED 6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/10/2010 and before

74009

ROMAINE CHOPPED      6/2#         

6/2 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74010

ROMAINE SHREDDED 1"   6/2#           

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74011

ROMAINE SHRED 1/4" 6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74013

ROMAINE CHOP 6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74016

ROMAINE CHOPPED    1" X 2" 6/2#         

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74018

ROMAINE CHOPPED      6/2#         

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74019

ROMAINE CHOPPED  1X1    6/2#       

6/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74025

ROMAINE SLICED 1/2" 9/2#

9/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74027

ROMAINE CHOPPED 6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/10/2010 and before

74038

ROMAINE CHOP 2" x 2" 3/2#

3/2 lb bags

05/12/2010 and before

74806

GREEK SALAD KIT                   

6.13 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74810

CAESAR SALAD KIT                  

5.56 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74838

KIT GARDEN SALAD SMALL BOWLS 5#

5 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74839

KIT CHEF SALAD SMALL BOWLS 5.5#

5.5 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74840

KIT CHICKEN CAESAR SMALL BOWLS 4.5#

4.5 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74842

KIT - APPLE WALNUT 5.8#  8 bowls

5.8 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74843

KIT-GREEK 8 SALAD BOWLS

5.8 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74871

KIT - HARVEST BLEND 5.875#

5.875 lb kit

05/12/2010 and before

74873

KIT - CAESAR SALAD 3.81#

3.81 lb kit

05/11/2010 and before

 

 Imperial Sysco Branded

 

 

73617

LETTUCE CHOP W/50% ROMAINE 4/2.5#

4/2.5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73620

LETTUCE CHOP W/50% ROMAINE  5/4#

5/4 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73621

LETTUCE CHOP W/ ROMAINE  4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73622

LETTUCE CHOP W/50% ROMAINE  5/4#

5/4 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73843

SALAD ALL AMERICAN LETTUCE 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73844

SALAD SUPERIOR BLEND 2/5#

2/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73847

SALAD MIX W/ROMAINE 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73849

SALAD CALIFORNIA BLEND 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73850

SALAD MIX CHARTHOUSE 4/2.5#

4/2.5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73856

SALAD ALL AMERICAN LETTUCE 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73857

SALAD ALL AMERICAN LETTUCE 1/5#

1/5 lb bag

05/11/2010 and before

73861

Salad Mix w/Romaine  LCR 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73862

SALAD MIX SIGNATURE  4/2.5#

4/2.5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73863

SALAD MIX W/ 50% ROMAINE 4/5#

4/5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

73864

SALAD MIX W/ 50% ROMAINE 1/5#

1/5 lb bag

05/11/2010 and before

74033

ROMAINE CHOP 6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74034

Romaine Chop 4/2.5#

4/2.5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74035

Romaine Chop 2/2.5#

2/2.5 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74036

Romaine Chop 6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74037

ROMAINE SHRED 1/4" x 2"  6/2#

6/2 lb bags

05/11/2010 and before

74874

KIT GARDEN SALAD SMALL BOWLS 5#

5 lb kit

05/11/2010 and before

74875

KIT CHEF SALAD SMALL BOWLS 5.5#

5.5 lb kit

05/11/2010 and before

74876

KIT CHICKEN CAESAR SMALL BOWLS 4.5#

4.5 lb kit

05/11/2010 and before

 

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