“Ready Pac” Bagged Lettuce Recall Prompts County Warning

November 18, 2011 | 5:04pm

County environmental health officials Friday urged local residents to throw out any Ready Pac bagged salad products containing romaine lettuce and stamped with a “Use by” Nov. 18 date because they may have been contaminated with E. coli bacteria.

The products were sold locally in Trader Joe’s stores and had been removed from shelves Friday. Officials said there have been no reported cases of illness linked to the products, but urged the public to be cautious because the products may have already been purchased by some consumers.

Ready Pac Foods, Inc. of Irwindale voluntarily recalled more than 5,000 cases of the bagged salad products that contained romaine lettuce. The recall applied to the following items with the Nov. 18 “Use by” date:

  • 10oz. Ready Pac Caesar Romaine
  • 9.25 oz Ready Pac Santa Fe Caesar Complete Salad
  • 10oz. Ready Pac Classic Caesar Complete Salad
  • 10oz. Ready Pac Bella Romaine
  • 10oz. Dining In Classic Caesar Salad Kit
  • 10oz. Trader Joe’s Romaine Salad
  • 16oz. Trader Joe’s Very American Salad

E. coli infection often causes abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea. There is usually little or no fever and the illness typically resolves itself in five to 10 days.

A small percentage of people who become infected may also develop hemolytic uremic syndrome, a serious condition that may lead to kidney failure. People who are most vulnerable to serious complications of food-borne illness include young children, pregnant women, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. Consumers should seek immediate medical care if they develop these symptoms.

For more information and product pictures, go to: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm280227.htm.