Abstain From Romaine: Listeria Found in Lettuce Leaves, Too
The hysteria over listeria continues, and now there's a new culprit: shredded romaine lettuce.California's True Leaf Farms is voluntarily recalling 2,498 cartons of shredded romaine that may have been contaminated with listeria, according to the FDA. That's the same contaminant that has been linked to the deaths of 15 people who ate cantaloupes from Colorado tainted with the organism. However, initial reports say that the strain of listeria is different than the four strains that prompted the cantaloupe recall.
The recall affects romaine leaves that were shipped out from the farm between September 12 and 13 to a distributor in Oregon. The tainted leaves should have a use-by date of September 29. The company says the lettuce was shipped out to Washington and Idaho but because the distributors ship out to 19 states, including California, the recall has been extended to us and all of those states, too. The leaves were labeled "2# bags, chopped romaine- Bag and box code B256-46438-8." You can find photos of the labels on bags at the company's site.
Listeriosis is a rare, but sometimes fatal, infection. Pregnant women, people over the age of 60, and consumers with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable to infection. The CDC has more information about listeriosis.
No illnesses from romaine have been reported yet.