Lettuce recalled over possible listeria sold in Washington

Lettuce recalled over possible listeria sold in Washington

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KING 5 News, Associated Press

Posted on September 29, 2011 at 2:33 PM

SALINAS, Calif. -- Voluntarily recalled lettuce from California that was distributed by an Oregon company was sold in the Pacific Northwest, including Washington and Idaho.

The Food and Drug Administration notified True Leaf Farms, of Salinas, California, that a sample of romaine lettuce taken as part of a random check tested positive for listeria.

True Leaf Farms then voluntarily recalled bags of chopped romaine lettuce because of the possible listeria contamination.

No illnesses have been reported.

The company recalled 90 cartons of the lettuce that were shipped to an Oregon food service distributor. From the distributor, it might have gone to Washington and Idaho.

It is unknown which stores the lettuce was sold in. The recall covers product with a "use by" of Sept. 29. The bag and box code is B256-46438-8.

Listeria rarely shows up in produce, but an outbreak linked to cantaloupe from a Colorado farm has caused at least 72 illnesses, including up to 16 deaths, in 18 states.

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