Salad recalled due to salmonella fears

By Nick Blank Staff Writer
Posted 10/24/18

GREEN COVE SPRINGS - More than 730 pounds of salad was recalled last week due to fears over salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a release from the United States …

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Salad recalled due to salmonella fears

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS - More than 730 pounds of salad was recalled last week due to fears over salmonella and listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to a release from the United States Department of Agriculture.

The USDA warned of contaminated corn in “Marketside Fiesta Salad with Steak.” The product came in clear clamshell packaging produced from Oct.11-14, with a use by date of Oct.17-20. The release said the salads shipped to retailers in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

GHSE LLC, a Green Cove Springs-based arm of Santa Paula, Calif.-based Calavo Growers. The company began produce distribution operations, primarily avocados, in the former 800,000 square foot Food Lion facility three years ago.

“The problem was discovered on Oct. 15, 2018 when GHSE, LLC received notification that the corn used in the production of their ready-to-eat salad product was being recalled by their corn supplier due to Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella concerns,” the USDA said.

Products recalled have the establishment number, “EST. 45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Citing a high health risk, the recall was issued Class I status, meaning there is a chance consumption of the product may “cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” according to the agency’s website.

At presstime, there had were reported cases of salmonella or listeria monocytogenes related to the salads so far. The USDA said it urged people who consumed the product to contact a healthcare provider.

Salmonellosis is a common bacterial foodborne illness usually lasting four days to a week. Most people recover without treatment, according to the USDA, though some may need hospitalization. Within 12 to 72 hours, symptoms include abdominal cramps, fever and diarrhea after eating a contaminated product.

Eating food with listeria monocytogenes bacteria could cause listeriosis, an infection affecting weak immune systems, pregnant women and newborns and older adults. The release said it’s uncommon the bacteria affects people outside those three groups, but fever, muscle aches, headaches, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal effects are potential symptoms.

“Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell their healthcare provider about eating the contaminated food,” the USDA release said.

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