Romaine Lettuce Recalled for Listeria Concerns

Sep 30, 2011, 11:29 by R.E. Christian

A California farm is recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine lettuce because of possible tainting by Listeria monocytogenes, but no illness has been reported.

"We are fully cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and we are contacting all of our customers to ensure prompt removal of any product potentially associated with the recall," Steve Church of True Leaf Farms said in a statement. "We are committed to conducting this recall quickly and efficiently to reduce any risk to public health."

The voluntarily recalled bags of romaine were packed in True Leaf Farms cardboard cartons and distributed by Church Brothers LLC. The lettuce was shipped Sept. 12-13 in 2-pound bags carrying a "use by date" of 9/29/11. Produce affected by the recall had the bag and box code B256-46438-8.

The chopped romaine was sent to an institutional food service distributor in Oregon who further distributed it to at least two additional states, Washington and Idaho.

The FDA notified the farm that a sample taken as part of a random check from a single bag of chopped romaine tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.

Anyone in possession of the recalled romaine should not eat it, and should either destroy it or call 800-799-9475. Visit for updates.

Source: UPI