WASHINGTON, D.C. (WATE) – Missa Bay is recalling approximately 75,233 pounds of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce ingredient may be contaminated with E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday, Nov. 21.
The salad products items were produced from Oct. 14-16. Brands include Aldi Bistro, Bonduelle, Domino’s, Marketside Bistro, Signature Cafe, Signature Farms, Target and more.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 18502B” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution locations in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.
As part of a foodborne illness outbreak investigation, the Maryland Department of Health collected an unopened package of Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Caesar Salad with FSIS EST number 18502B on the label. The state collected and tested individual ingredients in the salad and the lettuce tested positive for E. coli. All products from the same lot of lettuce are included in the recall.
Most people infected with this strand of E. coil develop diarrhea (often bloody) and vomiting. Some illnesses last longer and can be more severe.
Vigorous rehydration and other supportive care is the usual treatment; antibiotic treatment is generally not recommended. Most people recover within a week, but, rarely, some develop a more severe infection.
Hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, is uncommon but can occur in most commonly in children under 5 years old, older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. It is marked by easy bruising, pallor and decreased urine output. Persons who experience these symptoms should seek emergency medical care immediately.
FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators even though they are past their use by dates. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Mary Toscano, consumer affairs manager for Bonduelle at 1-800-800-7822.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov.
For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.