Do Not Eat Romaine Lettuce Harvested from Salinas, California Due to Possible E. Coli Contamination

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Important Update:

On November 22nd, based on the previous information, the CDC is advising that consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region. Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown. This includes all types of romaine lettuce. If you see Salinas on the label in any form, do not eat it and throw it away. If you don’t know if it is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it, and throw it away. Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored. Follow these five steps of cleaning if you have any affected products in your refrigerator.

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that Missa Bay is recalling approximately 75,233 pounds of salad products that contain meat or poultry. The lettuce in these products may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The affected items were produced from October 14, 2019, through October 16, 2019.

The contamination was discovered as part of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation. The presence of E. coli was first confirmed by the Maryland Department of Health. Potentially contaminated products were also shipped to distribution centers in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

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The products affected by this recall have the establishment number “EST. 18502B” inside the USDA mark of inspection. A complete list of the products being recalled can be found here.

Most people infected with this strain of E. coli will recover with rehydration and other supportive care within a week. Children under 5 years old, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems are most likely to develop serious complications.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These items should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Anyone with questions regarding this recall is asked to contact Mary Toscano, Consumer Affairs Manager for Bonduelle at 1-800-800-7822.

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(Thanks, Ben!)

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Comments 23

  1. Ap927

    This is why I live on a strict diet of doritos and snickers.

    • Alli

      😂😂 that diet is my favorite!

    • Lase


    • L

      lol 🤣🤣

  2. Donna

    The basic Staples huh? LOL

  3. john smith

    is the # of recalls normal? seems like every 2 weeks there is one

    • Amber

      More testing = more recalls. 10-20 years ago you barely had any.

  4. Tia in FL

    So the salads from both Aldi’s and Walmart have been in my fridge the last few weeks. Oh well. These recalls come out after most people have consumed the product especially produce.

  5. jessa

    Wasnt it Thanksgiving time last year too with the Romaine ? I temember people were annoyed they had to eliminate salad from their thanksgiving meal. I never personally have had salad at thanksgiving butq apparently many people do. Well….not last year

    • animity

      This cracks me up because we said the same thing, who has a green salad on Thanksgiving..hahaha!

      • Becky08

        We do! But we are plant based 😜

        • youngdebbie

          me too.

    • Jodi P

      In my Midwestern family, “salad” means jello, LOL

  6. Carissa- All Day Mom

    Soak your lettuce in 1:10 vinegar to water, and buy organic (Costco is only about 3.50 for 6 hearts of romaine and $4 for spinach).

    • JD

      1:3 is what is recommended. Don’t use kitchen sink since sinks are often contaminated. E. coli penetrates to the inside of the leaves and creates a biofilm. Even one cell left of E. coli can make you seriously ill has to be 100% kill rate. Organic or inorganic E.Coli could care less; bird poop and dirty cutting tools happen.

  7. kirstenparavalos

    The good and gather chicken Caesar got me last Saturday. I was sick as a dog 30 minutes after eating it & sick the whole night. I knew it was the salad!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m so sorry you got sick!

  8. Amber

    Testing is more prevalent these days so more recalls are bound to happen. I buy lettuce all the time but who would have any viable lettuce more that a month after the fact?!

    • PrincessMom

      I always wonder that! If we don’t eat it within a week or two, it’s a slimy mess that goes into the trash!

  9. Amber

    Looks as if this occurred with the prepackaged bowls.

    • Olivia

      Oops. Just wanted to post it in the comments in case other people missed the little “here” link in the article! 😉

  10. Cyndi

    Thanks so much!! Just pulled out romaine lettuce for Salinas, Ca!! You saved my family!

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