No recall, Ready Pac says, for salads linked to Maryland E. coli outbreak

Statement Regarding Illnesses in the State of Maryland:

Nov. 18, 2019—At Bonduelle Fresh Americas (BFA), home of the Ready Pac Foods BB #:114498brand, the safety and quality of our products and the well-being of our consumers are our top priorities.

We have been contacted by the Maryland Dept. of Health with a preliminary report of seven E. coli O157:H7 illnesses potentially related to Ready Pac Foods Bistro Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Caesar Salad 2/6.25oz (UPC# 7774527249) sold at a club retailer in the state of Maryland, with use-by dates of Oct. 31.

We test all of our leafy greens (including romaine) in the fields prior to harvest, including screening for E. coli O157:H7. During this time frame, we did not have any positive test results for E. coli O157:H7. We are working in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and are working as quickly as possible to identify the possible root cause to reduce potential impacts to consumers.

Because the products identified are already significantly past their use-by dates, we are not taking any recall action, and it does not affect any product currently on store shelves. As always, please abide by any use-by dates, and do not consume any products that have
exceeded these dates. We will continue to monitor the situation very closely, and we will continue to make new
information readily available.

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