Many popular brands of bagged, ready to eat salad mix are being recalled over Listeria concerns.  Minnesota and Wisconsin are included on the list of states involved in the recall efforts.

Listeria is the concern with the salads.  The recall was initiated after a random sample test of a single package of one of the brands involved (Fresh Express 9-ounce Sweet Hearts Salad Mix) tested positive for Listeria.  While no known illness reports have been connected to this particular test run, the strain of Listeria detected in the random sample is "associated with...ten reported cases", according the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What's concerning for many industry watchers is the widespread nature of the distribution list. The bagged salads in question are sold under a variety of popular brand names - like Fresh Express, Marketside, Little Salad Bar, Signature Farms, Simply Nature, and Wellsley Farms and available for sale at popular nationwide stores like Aldi and Walmart.

Once the positive random sample test came back positive, Fresh Express "immediately halted all production...and initiated a complete sanitation review". The company has been in contact with the retailers to which the salads were shipped so that they could be pulled from store shelves.  There is concern, though about the product that had been already purchased by customers.

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A complete and updated list of all of the bagged salad and salad mixes involved in the recall is available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.

Customers are asked to check the bagged salads they might have in their possession in the refrigerator.  In the event consumers have the recalled products, they should be discarded and not consumed. To obtain a refund or for more information, consumers may call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at 1-800-242-5472.

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