The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has issued a recall for Sunflower Crisp Chopped Salad Kits over concerns of E. coli contamination linked to romaine lettuce. The CFIA is warning consumers not to consume the recalled product described below. This product is not likely to be available at retail stores, but may still be in consumer’s homes. It was sold in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island and Quebec, and has best before dates up to and including December 7th.
Released by the Fresh Express brand, these pre-packed salad mixes labeled “Sunflower Crisp Chopped Kit” in 315 g packages with the UPC 0 71279 30906 4 with a best before date up to and including 07DE19, and a lot code beginning with “Z”, and indicating Salinas as a source of Romaine lettuce; should be thrown out or returned to the point of purchase.
There have been 16 confirmed cases of E. coli linked to the product, with four people requiring hospitalization. If you think you became sick from consuming any recalled product, call your doctor. Food contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 may not look or smell spoiled but can still make you sick. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, mild to severe abdominal cramps and watery to bloody diarrhea. In severe cases of illness, some people may have seizures or strokes, need blood transfusions and kidney dialysis or live with permanent kidney damage. In severe cases of illness, people may die.
Information from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.