lēf Farms is recalling a single lot of the lēf Farms “Spice” Packaged Salad Greens produced in its Loudon, NH greenhouse because of potential Escherichia coli 0157:H7 (E. coli) contamination.
The recall was initiated when the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture received a positive test result for E. coli 0157:H7 in a single package of lēf Farms “Spice” Packaged Salad Greens (4 oz) as part of routine testing.
lēf Farms “Spice” is the only product impacted to date and affected retailers include Hannaford and Market Basket in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
- The product comes in a 4-oz, clear, plastic clamshell container.
- Information about the “best by” date, lot number, and UPC can be found at the bottom of the package.
- “Best by” date 5/5/23
- Lot number SP10723- 1RGH1
- UPC 8 50439 00709 1
As of the posting of this recall, no illnesses have been reported.
In addition to today’s voluntary recall, the company is testing all products produced in its New Hampshire facility for E. coli 0157:H7 prior to distribution.
Retailers have been instructed to remove all recalled products from store shelves. Consumers who have purchased the affected lēf Farms “Spice” products should discard them or present a photo of the product or receipt to their place of purchase for a full refund and then discard.
About E. coli infections
Anyone who has eaten any of the implicated products and developed symptoms of E. coli infection should seek medical attention and tell their doctor about their possible food poisoning. Specific tests are required to diagnose the infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
The symptoms of E. coli infections vary for each person but often include severe stomach cramps and diarrhea, which is often bloody. Some patients may also have a fever. Most patients recover within five to seven days. Others can develop severe or life-threatening symptoms and complications, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
About 5 to 10 percent of those diagnosed with E. coli infections develop a potentially life-threatening kidney failure complication, known as a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). Symptoms of HUS include fever, abdominal pain, feeling very tired, decreased frequency of urination, small unexplained bruises or bleeding, and pallor.
Many people with HUS recover within a few weeks, but some suffer permanent injuries or death. This condition can occur among people of any age but is most common in children younger than five years old because of their immature immune systems, older adults because of deteriorating immune systems, and people with compromised immune systems such as cancer patients.
People who experience HUS symptoms should immediately seek emergency medical care. People with HUS will likely be hospitalized because the condition can cause other serious and ongoing problems such as hypertension, chronic kidney disease, brain damage, and neurologic problems.
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News Desk. (2023a, May 5). Salad recalled after testing finds E. coli contamination | Food Safety News. Food Safety News. https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2023/05/salad-recalled-after-testing-finds-e-coli-contamination/