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Ready Pac Recalls Bagged Romaine Salads

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Irwindale-based Ready Pac Foods Inc. is recalling 5,379 cases of bagged salad products containing romaine lettuce because they may be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, Reuters reports.

The voluntary recall includes a dozen different salad products including Caesar salad kits and plain bagged romaine, the company said in a statement Thursday.

The bagged lettuce was sold in supermarkets under the Ready Pac, Trader Joe's, Safeway and Dining In Classic labels with a use-by date of November 18, 2011. The products were sold in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming, the company said. Go here for a complete list and photos of affected products.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said in a statement that the recall followed a random sample of bagged lettuce analyzed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So far there have been no reported illnesses blamed on the recalled product.

Consumers who may have purchased the affected product are asked to record the Use-by Date and UPC number, immediately dispose of the product, and contact the Ready Pac consumer affairs representative toll-free at (800) 800-7822, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Pacific time) to obtain a full refund. Consumers who observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report their findings to the CDPH's toll-free complaint line at (800) 495-3232.


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