After a warning from the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) several food retailers have recently issued recalls of certain prepared salad kits. These kits have been available at stores like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, and 7-Eleven. Each contains a contaminated corn product that may be infected with either salmonella or listeria.
All of the food retailers implicated in the recall receive the corn ingredient from the same supplier while the salads themselves come from a handful of different companies. So far the contamination hasn’t resulted in any confirmed cases of salmonella or listeria, but retailers aren’t taking the risk.
Though it’s very unlikely, salmonella and listeria can both prove fatal. Symptoms of both include nausea, diarrhea, fever, and chills. According to the CDC, Salmonella alone makes over a million people sick each year and results in a little over 20,000 hospitalizations.
All The Whole Foods Salads that are part of this recall were produced between October 9-13, 2018. All specifically sold in California the product names are as follows:
- 9.75-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken” and Best If Sold By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/18/18.
- 10-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “365 BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET BBQ STYLE CHOPPED SALAD WITH CHICKEN” and Best If Sold By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/20/18.
- 6-lbs. bagged kit containing “BBQ Style Salad Kit with White Chicken” and Use By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/22/18.
- 8-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “365 BY WHOLE FOODS MARKET CHICKEN FAJITA SALAD” and Best If Sold By dates from 10/17/18 to 10/20/18.
The potentially contaminated Trader Joe’s products are:
- 7-oz. clear plastic wrapped packages containing “MARY’S HARVEST Southwest Chicken Wrap w/ Rib Meat” and “Use By” dates from 10/15/18 through 10/23/18.
- 11-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “TRADER JOSE’S MEXICALI INSPIRED SALAD WITH CHILI SEASONED CHICKEN” and “BEST BY” dates from 10/15/18 through 10/19/18.
7-Eleven’s recalled sales also contain bacon and were produced on October 13, 2018. They are listed as:
- 11.2-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “7-ELEVEN™ BISTRO SOUTHWEST STYLE SALAD WITH BACON” and best by date of “Tuesday 1016”.
- 9.6-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages containing “7-ELEVEN™ BISTRO SOUTHWEST STYLE SALAD WITH BACON” and best by date of “Tuesday 1016”.
Walmart has the fewest products wrapped up in this recall with only its “Marketside Fiesta Salad With Steak” being taken off the shelf. Each of the contaminated packages has Eat By dates ranging October 17-20.