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FDA: Consumers Should Spurn Some Fresh Express Veggie Lover's Salad

Steer clear of salad like this, if it has the use-by date Aug. 10 and the production number I208. FDA hide caption

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Hold the pickles. Hold the lettuce. Special orders don't upset us.

Oh, hi, we were just humming an old jingle to ourselves while reading up on the latest recall of produce over concerns about contamination.

Once again, some leafy greens are being recalled by Fresh Express, a subsidiary of the banana bunch at Chiquita. Steer clear of batches of Fresh Express Veggie Lover's Salad marked with the use-by date of August 10 and the product code I208, the Food and Drug Administration says.

Nobody's gotten sick that the company or FDA knows about. But the agency says there is "a possible health risk from Listeria monocytogenes," a bacterium that can be deadly for pregnant women, the elderly, and people with weak immune systems.

More than 2,800 cases of the affected Veggie Lover's Salad were shipped to 13 states. From there the produce may have gone to 14 more states. You can find the rundown in the FDA's release or here.

A random test in Ohio detected Listeria in a single bag of the salad mix. The company tested other bags and didn't find evidence of a problem, but it moved ahead with a recall just to be sure.

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This is the third Fresh Express recall in the last few months. In July, the company recalled romaine lettuce salads due to potential E. coli contamination after recalling other batches in May.