Half-ton of salad recalled, including Whole Foods 365 brand

An ingredient may have been contaminated with salmonella and listeria.

Eric Walter
October 18, 2018 - 11:58 am
Salad recall

United States Department of Agriculture

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A California-based grocery store supplier is recalling about 940 pounds of ready-to-eat salads, including the 365 brand sold by Whole Foods, because they contain corn that may be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria bacteria.

The salads, each containing chicken, were produced between Oct. 9 and Oct. 13. 

There are no confirmed reports of illness from anyone eating these salads, but concerned individuals are encouraged to contact a healthcare provider.  

The following products, all with "EST. P-39994" stamped on the packaging inside the USDA mark of inspection, and all shipped to California retailers, are subject to the recall:

  • 9.75-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages of "Santa Fe Style Salad with Chicken" with sell-by dates between Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.
  • 10-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages of "365 by Whole Foods Market BBQ Style Chopped Salad with Chicken" with sell-by dates between Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.
  • 6-lbs. bagged kit containing "BBQ Style Salad Kit with White Chicken" with use-by dates between Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.
  • 8-oz. clear plastic clamshell packages of "365 by Whole Foods Market Chicken Fajita Salad" and sell-by dates between Oct. 17 and Oct. 18.

A recall notice from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says that anyone who has purchased these products should return them to the location of purchase or throw them away.

Salmonella causes salmonellosis, a common bacterial foodborne illness with symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever appearing 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually clears up on its own within 4 to 7 days, but occasionally the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.

Listeria causes listeriosis, which is more serious, as it tends to affect the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, pregnant women and their newborns. It can taked as long at 70 days for symptoms to manifest incuding fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. It can be treated with antibiotics.