Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

May 20, 2012 01:59 ET

CFIA/Health Hazard Alert: Certain River Ranch Brand and Sysco Natural Brand Salads May Contain Listeria Monocytogenes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2012) -

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is warning the public as well as various importers, distributors, retailers and food service establishments such as hotels, restaurants, cafeteria, hospitals and nursing homes not to serve or consume various salads described below because these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

This is a part of the larger recall of retail and foodservice salads initiated by River Ranch Fresh Foods, LLC, California, USA with distribution in Canada.

The following salad products are affected by this alert.

Brand Product Size UPC / Sysco Item #
(SUPC)
River Ranch American Style Iceberg & Romaine 340 g 45388 60042
River Ranch Classic Garden 454 g 45388 60002
River Ranch Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix 454 g 45388 10046
River Ranch Three-Color Cole Slaw Mix 12 x 1 lb. 8438798
River Ranch Chopped Iceberg w/Color 6 x 2 lb. 1675602
River Ranch Chopped Iceberg w/Color 4 x 5 lb. 1675602
River Ranch Chopped Lettuce 4 x 5 lb. N / A
River Ranch Chopped Romaine 6 x 2 lb. 45388-880
River Ranch Chopped Romaine w/ Liner 6 x 2 lb. 2189819
River Ranch Classic Garden Blend 12 x 1 lb. 4323655
River Ranch Lettuce Separate Salad 4 x 5 lb. N / A
River Ranch Shred Grn Cabbage 4 x 5 lb. N / A
River Ranch Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color 4 x 5 lb. 1675701
River Ranch Shredded Lettuce 1/4 4 x 5 lb. N / A
River Ranch Shredded Lettuce 1/8 4 x 5 lb. N / A
River Ranch Shredded Red Cabbage 4 x 5 lb. 1277417
Sysco Natural Chopped Iceberg 4 x 5 lb. 1675503
Sysco Natural Chopped Iceberg w/Color 4 x 5 lb. 1675602
Sysco Natural Chopped Romaine 6 x 2 lb. 2189819
Sysco Natural Iceberg Salad Mix 4 x 5 lb. 1675586
Sysco Natural Shred Grn Cabbage w/Color 4 x 5 lb. 1675701
Sysco Natural Shredded Iceberg (1/4") 4 x 5 lb. 1675545
Sysco Natural Shredded Iceberg (1/8") 4 x 5 lb. 1675529

The smaller size retail packages of salads have Best Before dates between 12 MAY 2012 - 22 MAY 2012. The larger size packages of salads sold to foodservice have Julian dates between 116 - 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the packages.

These products may have been distributed nationally.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of these products.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Consumption of food contaminated with these bacteria may cause listeriosis, a foodborne illness. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The importers listed below are voluntarily recalling the affected products from the marketplace. The CFIA is monitoring the effectiveness of the recalls.

FreshPoint Vancouver, Ltd. BC
J.E. Russel Produce Ltd., Toronto, ON
Sysco Calgary AB
Sysco Edmonton AB
Sysco Regina SK
Sysco Winnipeg MB
Sysco Thunderbay ON

For more information consumers and industry can call the CFIA at 1-800-442-2342 / TTY 1-800-465-7735 (8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday).

For information on Listeria monocytogenes, visit the Food Facts web page at:
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/fssa/concen/cause/listeriae.shtml.

For information on all food recalls, visit the CFIA's Food Recall Report at: http://active.inspection.gc.ca/eng/corp/recarapp_dbe.asp.

To find out more about receiving recalls by e-mail, and other food safety facts, visit: www.foodsafety.gc.ca. Food and consumer product recalls are also available at http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.

Contact Information

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    CFIA Media Relations
    613-773-6600