A bagged salad recall has expanded nationwide after a sample tested positive for Listeria contamination, the Associated Press reports.
River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, Calif., initially recalled bagged salads shipped to stores in California and Colorado. But the recall has expanded to cover the entire nation, River Ranch announced Monday.
The bagged salads in question are stamped with "best by" dates of between May 12 and May 29. They were packaged and sold under the brand names River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer's Market, Cross Valley, Fresh &; Easy, Promark, and Sysco, the AP reports.
The Listeria contamination that led to the River Ranch recall was revealed during a random FDA inspection. No illnesses have been reported.
Most healthy adults can consume Listeria-contaminated salad without getting sick. But people at increased risk of infection, and especially pregnant women, can become seriously ill.
Symptoms of Listeria infection include fever, muscle aches, and perhaps gastrointestinal problems. If the infection spreads to the nervous system, it can cause headaches, a stiff neck, loss of balance, or convulsions.
If you suspect you're a victim of Listeria infection, you may want to seek medical attention and retain the food or foods you believe may have caused your infection. For serious cases of foodborne illness, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for medical expenses and lost wages linked to Listeria contamination.
Consumers who bought any recalled bagged salad can return it to the store for a refund. River Ranch also has a 24-hour customer service hotline: (888) 624-2569.