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Romaine Lettuce Recalled in 21 States on Link to Listeria

September 30, 2011

(Updates melon death, illness toll in third paragraph.)

Sept. 30 (Bloomberg) -- A California farm recalled almost 2,500 cartons of bagged romaine lettuce after a sample tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacterium.

No illnesses have been linked to the recalled lettuce, producer True Leaf Farms, owned by closely held Church Brothers LLC in Salinas, California, said in a statement posted today on the Food and Drug Administration’s website. The product was shipped Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 to food distributors in 21 states and its “use by” date is Sept. 29, Church Brothers said yesterday in a separate statement.

Listeria is the same type of germ found in an unrelated case of tainted cantaloupes from Colorado that sickened 84 people and killed at least 15 since July 31 in the deadliest U.S. foodborne illness outbreak in more than a decade. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are among those at greatest risk from listeria infections. Symptoms include fever and diarrhea.

The only outlet where the romaine was available for direct consumer purchase was at Unified Grocers Inc., Cash & Carry Smart Food Service stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho, Church Brothers said. The lettuce also was shipped to wholesale distributors in 19 other states and Alberta, Canada, according to the company.

--Editors: Steve Walsh, Adriel Bettelheim

To contact the reporter on this story: Molly Peterson in Washington at mpeterson9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Adriel Bettelheim at abettelheim@bloomberg.net


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