About 33,000 pounds of romaine lettuce was recalled voluntarily by a California-based farm due to possible listeria contamination in lettuce that ended up in Canada and in 19 states in the US, including New York.
True Leaf Farms issued the recall of 2,500 cartons of romaine lettuce, which includes bags of pre-cut romaine lettuce, that went to a Oregon distributor, who then sent the lettuce to Washington state and Idaho.
The company, based in Salinas, says only 90 cartons of the lettuce went to retail sales, with the rest being distributed to restaurants and cafeterias. The rest of the cartons, Church said, went to institutions such as restaurants and cafeterias, which were notified about the recall.
True Leaf issued the recall after a sample tested positive for listeria, but the company says no one has been reported ill.
The recall covers products with a “use by date” of Sept. 29. The bag and box code is B256-46438-8.
The states covered by the recall include Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Vermont.
A listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes from a Colorado farm has caused at least 72 illnesses, including up to 16 deaths, in 18 states.
The Salinas Valley is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World” for its production of lettuce and numerous other crops.
The Food and Drug Administration, which is investigating the contamination, has not yet identified the source of listeria, said FDA spokeswoman Stephanie Yao. The lettuce recall, Yao said, is not related to the recall of cantaloupes due to listeria.