It’s a majorly concerning time for popular grocers including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Walmart.
On October 17th, 2018, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) announced that “GHSE, a Green Cove Springs, Florida company, is recalling 738 pounds of ready-to-eat salads that contain corn that may be contaminated with salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.”
Currently, no major illnesses have been reported in connection. However, GHSE is concerned with the products that have corn in them. GHSE confirmed the issue was first discovered Monday, October 15th, when GHSE was notified that their supplier was recalling the corn due to contamination. The recalled products bear the establishment number “EST. 45781” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped from processing locations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
Later that day, 940 pounds of ready-to-eat salad were recalled again- this time at Whole Foods Market in Sacramento, California.
According to CBS, Walmart’s Marketside's "Fiesta Salad with Steak" comes in 15.25-ounce plastic clamshells with use-by-dates of Oct. 17 through Oct. 20, and were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. The salad labels have the establishment number "EST. 45781" printed inside the USDA inspection mark.
Trader Joe’s was also hit with the recall, this time for the affected corn being featured in their brand of Mexican food known as “Trader Jose.” Trader Joe’s took to their website where they reported the recall concerning anyone who had purchased their Mexicali Salad, and the BBQ Flavored Chicken Salad and the Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Grilled Chicken Breast.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salmonella causes abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours after infection, and usually last four to seven days. Children under five are at the highest risk of infection, with older adults and those with weakened immune systems also vulnerable to severe infections. Of the 1,600 people that reportedly get listeriosis each year, 260 die- that’s 16%.
Again, there have not been any reported cases of Salmonella from this reported recall, however, if you have consumed these products, please see your doctors if you have any concerns.