(UPDATED COVERAGE, Oct. 3) True Leaf Farms expanded its voluntary recall of chopped romaine lettuce to include 2,498 cartons shipped to 19 states and Canada. Possible listeria contamination prompted the company to initially recall 90 cartons.
No illnesses have been reported.
The romaine was shipped Sept. 12-13 by Salinas, Calif.-based Church Bros. LLC to an Oregon distributor. The 90 cartons were available for direct consumer purchase at Unified Grocers Inc. Cash & Carry Smart Food Service stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Everything else went to foodservice.
A random sample from a bag at one of the stores in Seattle tested positive for listeria by IEH Laboratories, a contractor for the FDA.
At the request of the Food and Drug Administration, True Leaf expanded the recall to cover additional product shipped to wholesale foodservice distributors in 19 states and Alberta, Canada. The states are Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Vermont.
The chopped romaine sold at retail was packed in True Leaf Farms cardboard cartons. The 2-pound bags had a bag and box code of B256-46438-8, with a use-by date of Sept. 29.
The Food and Drug Administration notified the company Sept. 28, which in turn notified its customers the same day, said Steve Church, chief executive officer of Church Bros.
“We’re working with the FDA,” Church said. “They’re doing their due diligence and we’re cooperating fully with them.”
True Leaf is the processing division for Church Bros.