Giant Eagle is one of numerous organizations impacted by Friday's River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC bagged salad recall.
River Ranch voluntarily recalled the product due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Giant Eagle carries affected River Ranch product under its The Farmers Market brand, and also uses the lettuce for its deli sandwich rings.
To date, there have been no reported cases of illness.
Upon notification from the manufacturer, Giant Eagle immediately initiated the removal of affected product from store shelves, and is in the process of contacting customers who previously purchased the product with instructions on its disposal.
River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC of Salinas, CA initiated a voluntary recall of retail and foodservice bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes following routine random retail salad finished product tests conducted in the marketplace by the Food & Drug Administration.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.
Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
Retail salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, and The Farmer's Market.
Foodservice salad products under this recall were distributed nationwide under various sizes and packaged under the brand names of River Ranch, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark, and Sysco.
The recalled retail and foodservice salad bags have either "Best By" code dates between 12MAY2012 - 22MAY2012 or Julian dates between 116 - 125.
The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags. See attached list for the specific salad products, size, package type, UPC codes and states of distribution. No other products, brands or code dates aside from those listed below are affected by this recall.
There have been NO reported illnesses associated with this recall.
River Ranch is working closely with the Food & Drug Administration and California Department of Public Health.
Consumers who have purchased this product should not consume it and are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch at their 24-hour customer service center at 1-800-762-7708.