Updated December 22, 2021 A Listeria recall for Fresh Express salad includes all of the salad made at the company’s facility in Streamwood, IL. Genetic analysis indicates that this recall is likely linked to a Listeria outbreak under investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Consumers who have purchased these salads should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
On Friday, December 17, 2021, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued a consumer advisory for Fresh Express Sweet Hearts Romaine Lettuce Sweet Butter Lettuce after a sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
The Fresh Express salad that tested positive for Listeria was sold in a 9-oz. clear plastic bag with a green and red label with white lettering. The words “Product of USA” are located on the front of the bag in the upper right corner. The “use by” date and lot code on the package were: “DEC 08 Z324B05A 16:04 07.
Salad Contaminated With Listeria Can Cause Serious, Possibly Deadly, Disease
The recalled salads, sold under the Fresh Express brand name and store brand names at BJ’s, Weis Markets, ALDI, ACME, Balducci’s, King’s Safeway, ShopRite, Walmart, and GiantEagle, have product codes Z324 through Z350. The store brands include Wellsley Farms, Weis, Simply Nature, Signature Farms, O Organics, Marketside, Market District, Giant Eagle, and Bowl & Basket.
Consumers who have eaten a recalled salad should monitor themselves for symptoms of a Listeria infection. These symptoms, which can take as long as 70 days to develop, include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
A Link to an Ongoing Listeria Outbreak
Lawyers on the Pritzker Hageman Listeria team are currently investigating Listeria infections that may be linked to Fresh Express salads. according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 10 illnesses caused by the same strain of Listeria found in the Fresh Express salad tested by MDARD have been identified since 2016. One of those patients died.
Fresh Express Salad Recall at Hannaford
Hannaford was the first retailer to post information about the Fresh Express recall. Since that time, additional recall information has been made available. To see a complete list of recalled products, click the first link of this post.
According to the recall information posted on the Hannaford website, the recall includes: all Fresh Express salads with a lot code/Julian date of Z350 and lower. These products may have been purchased 12/2/21-12/19/21. The recalled Fresh Express salads sold at Hannaford stores are:
Fresh Express Baby Salad Spinach (NY, VT, MA ONLY)
Size: 5 oz
Fresh Express Flat Spinach (NY, VT, MA ONLY)
Size: 8 oz
Fresh Express Chopped Asian Salad Kit
Size: 1 Kit/ 11.7 OZ
Fresh Express Chipotle Cheddar Chopped Ki
Size: 1 Kit/ 11.35 OZ
Fresh Express Chopped Pomegranate Salad Kit
Size: 1 Kit/10.30 OZ
Fresh Express Chopped Poppyseed Salad Kit
Size: 1 Kit/13 OZ
Fresh Express Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit
Size: 1 Kit/10.70 OZ
Fresh Express Sweet Chopped Kale Salad Kit
Size: 1 Kit/10.80 OZ
Fresh Express Thai ‘N’ Cashews Chopped Salad
>Size: 1 Kit/10.70 OZ
Fresh Express Twisted Avocado Caesar Chopped Salad
Size: 1 Kit/9.70 OZ
Fresh Express Twisted Greek Caesar Chopped Salad
Size: 1 Kit/9.30 OZ
Fresh Express Twisted Asian Caesar Chopped Salad
Size: 1 Kit/9.60 OZ
Fresh Express Veggie Medleys Farmer’s Garden
Size: 9 oz
Fresh Express Shredded Lettuce
Size: 8 oz
Fresh Express Garden Salad
Size: 12 oz
Fresh Express Sweet and Crunchy Tender Leaf Blends
Size: 5 oz
Fresh Express Sweet Butter Lettuce
Size: 6 oz
Fresh Express Bacon and Bleu Cheese Chopped Salad Kit
Size: 1 Kit/ 10.7 OZ
Fresh Express Southwest Salad Kit
Size: 1 Kit/ 11.5 OZ
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Ceasar Salad
Size: 1 Kit/ 10.4 OZ
Listeria Lawsuit Consultation
If you developed a Listeria infection after eating Fresh Express salad and would like to discuss your legal options, please contact our Listeria lawyers. Our Food Safety Team has more experience handling Listeria lawsuits than any other law firm in the country securing some of the largest Listeria settlements in U.S. history including a recent award of $6.4 million.