Hannaford Recalls ‘Fresh Express’ Salads Due To Listeria Concerns
"Fresh Express" are the brand that they're recalling.
There's a lot of salads going on in my house, generally speaking. While I do enjoy one from time to time myself, my wife brings one to work on most days. So, we often find ourselves buying greens, or even salad kits pretty often. Yesterday, Hannaford announced that they're recalling a bunch of those pre-packages for listeria concerns.
If you purchased any of Hannaford's "Fresh Express" salad mixes between December 2ns and December 19th, you'll want to return it to Hannaford for a full refund, or at the very least, throw it out. there was potential risk for contamination at the processing plant out in Illinois, according to WABI.
What is listeria?
Listeria is a bacterial foodborne illness that can be extremely dangerous. Sadly, many of the symptoms include ones we're very familiar with this time of year. You might just think you have the flu. You could have fever, chills, upset tummy, vomiting, etc. So if you have these symptoms, and have eaten any of these salads, seek medical care immediately.
I've worked in USDA kitchens before, and in the long run, there's nothing really to fear. Not that you should throw caution to the wind and eat the food, but often listeria is detected in a processing plant in an area that doesn't have food contact. But they will usually issue the warning out of an abundance of caution.
When a listeria is detected at a plant like this, they typically have a shutdown and clean day, and it eliminates the problem. I'm not saying this happens often, but most places have an action plan ready to go when it does. Time is money, and recalls waste both. Once the recall is over, you shouldn't fear going back to your favorite salad.