Recalls expand for River Ranch.
Today River Ranch has expanded recall to National Levels and multiple products.
While this isn’t a surprise it is concerning.
The voluntary recall by the Salinas, Calif. based grower initially included lettuce shipped to California and Colorado. The bagged salads are sold under the names River Ranch, Farm Stand, Hy-Vee, Marketside, Shurfresh, The Farmer’s Market, Cross Valley, Fresh n Easy, Promark and Sysco.
The recalled retail and food service salad bags have “best by” dates between May 12 and May 29 or Julian dates of 118 and 125. The code date is typically located in the upper right hand corner of the bags.
Consumers with questions can contact River Ranch 24-hours per day at 1-800-762-7708.
Symptoms of Listeria infection, or listeriosis, include high fever, diarrhea, headache, convulsions and neck stiffness. Older adults, pregnant women, and people with a weakened immune system are considered high-risk for the infection. Unlike many pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can grow at room temperatures or refrigerator temperatures, and can linger long after the source of the contamination is gone.
How does someone get listeriosis?
You get listeriosis by eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Babies can be born with listeriosis if their mothers eat contaminated food during pregnancy. However, healthy persons may consume contaminated foods without becoming ill. Persons at risk can prevent listeriosis by avoiding certain high-risk foods and by handling and storing food properly.
Listeria monocytogenes is commonly found in soil and water. Animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products.
Most human infections follow consumption of contaminated food. Rare cases of nosocomial transmission have been reported.
When Listeria bacteria get into a food processing factory, they can live there for years, sometimes contaminating food products. The bacterium has been found in a variety of raw foods, such as uncooked meats and vegetables, as well as in foods that become contaminated after cooking or processing, such as soft cheeses, processed meats such as hot dogs and deli meat (both products in factory-sealed packages and products sold at deli counters), and smoked seafood. Unpasteurized (raw) milk and cheeses and other foods made from unpasteurized milk are particularly likely to contain the bacterium.
Listeria is killed by pasteurization and cooking; however, in some ready-to-eat foods, such as hot dogs and deli meats, contamination may occur after factory cooking but before packaging. Unlike most bacteria, Listeria can grow and multiply in some foods in the refrigerator. This is what we are seeing in the River Ranch case. NOTE River Ranch discovered this in routine testing of product.
When will the food processing industry change to a test and ship mentality vs. ship and pray as it is now?
Until that time arrives using a data collection, consolidation and organization system is vital. Advanced Traceability Solution specializes in knowing who received product and when. This is vital to saving lives, time and resources.