True Leaf Farms Chopped Romaine Lettuce Recall

Date: September 29, 2011
What: True Leaf Farms Chopped Romaine lettuce
Why: Listeria monocytogenes contamination
Scope: Updated from 3 to 19 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont

Update: True Leaf Farms is expanding its recall of romaine from 90 cartons to 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine because of the potential of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The initial recalled product was shipped between September 12 and 13 to a retail food service distributor in Oregon who further distributed it to at least two additional states, Washington and Idaho.

At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the recall notification is expanded to cover additional product shipped to wholesale food service distributors in 19 states and Alberta, Canada. The states include Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Vermont. All the romaine affected by this recall has a use by date of 9/29/11.


True Leaf Farms of Salinas, California is recalling 90 cartons of chopped romaine because of the potential for contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recalled product was shipped between September 12 and 13 to an institutional food service distributor in Oregon who further distributed it to at least two additional states, Washington and Idaho. The romaine affected by this recall has a use by date of 9/29/11.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria monocytogenes infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

No illnesses related to this finding have been reported.

The only outlet where the romaine was available for direct consumer purchase was Cash & Carry Smart Food Service stores in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The product at those outlets was packed in True Leaf Farms cardboard cartons. All bags carry a use by date of 9/29/11. This product was labeled as follows:

  • 2# bags, chopped romaine – Bag and box code B256-46438-8

FDA notified the company that a sample taken as part of a random check from a single bag of chopped romaine tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. True Leaf Farms is working with its food service distribution customers to ensure that other romaine products that may be implicated are pulled from the market.

Anyone who has in their possession the recalled romaine should not consume it and should either destroy it or call Church Brothers for return.

Consumers with questions or who need information may call Church Brothers, the sales agent for True Leaf Farms, at 1-800-799-9475.

Consumers with questions about food safety can Ask Heidi, a certified food safety professional.

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