Sam’s Club Recalling Salad Kits As Part Of Romaine Scare
Customers of Sam's Club who may have purchased salad kits that contain romaine lettuce are being contacted by the company with return requests. The move joins the growing nationwide concern over Arizona-grown romaine that has been linked to an E. coli outbreak.
The products in question are made by Taylor Farms and include an assortment of different bagged salad varieties. While the email from Sam's Club plainly states that the manufacturer has "inititaied a withdrawl on the items....due to the potential to be contaminated with E. coli" and includes a link to their website, the company is stressing to the media that "no recall order has been issued". It should also be stressed that the company has been vigilant in stressing that their product does not originate from Arizona - the state that has been connected to the problem.
Either way, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is warning customers in general about the concern of E. coli contamination from romaine lettuce - especially if it originated (was grown) in Arizona. Their advice is to seek out information about the food consumers are eating. The CDC is recommending to consumers that before they eat or buy any romaine lettuce that they confirm that the product didn't originate in the Yuma, Arizona area.
To date, 22 people have been hospitalized from effects of E. coli from romaine lettuce. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the source of this E. coli outbreak has been traced back to the Yuma, Arizona growing region. At this time, no specific brand, grower, supplier, or distributor has been linked to the problem.