FDA issues recall notice for lettuce shipped to Alabama

Published 6:00 pm Monday, August 20, 2012

A food company has enlisted the help of the FDA and is voluntarily recalling romaine lettuce because it may be contaminated with E. Coli.

According to information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Tanimura & Antle Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine packaged in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9  with a “Best Buy” date of “08 19 12” is being recalled.

A total of 2,095 cases of potentially affected product were distributed throughout the United States, including in Alabama. The product was available at retail locations from Aug. 2 to Aug. 19, according to the FDA.

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There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. However, E.Coli can cause a diarrheal illness. Although most healthy adults recover completely within a week, some people can develop a form or kidney failure that can lead to kidney damage or death, the FDA warned.

The recall is being conducted in consultation with the FDA and is based on the testing of a single random sample by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Tanimura & Antle Inc. notified the FDA that the affected product was shipped in cases packed in either 12 or 18 heads per case.  Retailers and distributors can identify the affected products through a traceability code label affixed to exterior of the case displaying the numbers “5417802151.”

Distributors, retailers and consumers should dispose of the product, per FDA instruction.

Consumers with questions or who would like replacement coupons may call at 877-827-7388.