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California Farm Recalls Chopped Romaine Lettuce

(October 2, 2011)—A California lettuce grower has recalled 2,498 cartons of chopped or shredded romaine lettuce shipped to wholesale food service distributors in 19 states and Canada over concerns the produce may be contaminated with listeria, though no illnesses have been reported.

The Food and Drug Administration notified the company that a sample taken as part of a random check tested positive for listeria.

The recall covers product with a "use by" of Sept. 29. The bag and box code is B256-46438-8.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and True Leaf Farms initially reported the recall of 90 cartons of chopped and shredded romaine lettuce on Thursday, saying a random sample detected listeria monocytogenes in one bag pulled from a lot shopped on September 12 and September 13. Later Thursday, True Leaf issued a statement saying the FDA asked the company to expand the recall.

Listeria rarely shows up in produce, but an outbreak linked to cantaloupe from a Colorado farm has caused at least 72 illnesses, including up to 16 deaths, in 18 states.

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