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Fresh Express Packaged Salad Listeria Outbreak

Posted in Our Blog on December 22, 2021

For those of you planning to serve salad with your holiday feasts, it is a good idea to steer clear of some Fresh Express packaged salads. This week, the FDA announced an outbreak of listeria illnesses and a recall linked to a multi-state outbreak. Here is everything we know about this Fresh Express Packaged Salad Listeria Outbreak”

About the Fresh Express Packaged Salad Listeria Outbreak

According to Frank Yiannas, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response

“The FDA, along with the CDC and our state and local partners, is working to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. To date, a positive sample of Fresh Express Sweet Hearts salad mix has been reported to match the outbreak strain. Fresh Express has voluntarily recalled products and consumers are advised not to eat, sell or serve any recalled products. Our investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to communicate should additional products be implicated.

“Ten people infected with the outbreak strain have been reported from eight states. A sample of Fresh Express prepackaged romaine and sweet butter lettuce was collected by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as part of their routine sampling efforts. The sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and was a match to the outbreak strain. Given this, Fresh Express voluntarily ceased production at their Streamwood, Illinois, facility and initiated a recall of certain varieties of its branded and private label salads produced in that facility.

“We will continue to work with our partners and with Fresh Express to determine the source of this outbreak. We remain committed to transparency and providing updates as we learn more during our continuing traceback investigation.”

About the Fresh Express Packaged Salad Listeria Outbreak Recall

Fresh Express voluntarily ceased production at their Streamwood, Illinois, facility and initiated a recall of certain varieties of its branded and private label salad products produced at the company’s Streamwood, Illinois, facility. The recall includes all Use-By Dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350.

Fresh Express is recalling certain varieties of its branded and private label salad products produced at the company’s Streamwood, Illinois facility because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. This organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.

Recalled salad items were distributed through retailers in the Northeast and Midwest regions of the United States, as well as distributors and retailers in Canada. U.S. distribution includes the states of CT, IA, IL, IN ,KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WI. Canadian distribution includes the provinces of Ontario and Manitoba.

The full list of recalled products is found at the end of this announcement. The recall includes all Use-By Dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350. Product codes are located on the front of the packages below the Use-By Date, as shown above. No other Fresh Express products are subject to recall.

The recall was necessitated when the Michigan Department of Agriculture received a positive result for Listeria monocytogenes in a random sample test of a single package of Fresh Express 9 oz. Sweet Hearts salad mix with Use-By Date of December 8, 2021, manufactured at the Fresh Express Streamwood facility. The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported ten illnesses associated with the strain of Listeria monocytogenes detected in the random sample beginning in 2016 to the present.

Product Product Code UPC Code
Bowl & Basket Baby Spinach 16oz Z324 through Z350 041190066360
Bowl & Basket Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 041190066469
Fresh Express 50/50 Mix 10oz Z324 through Z350 071279275062
Fresh Express 50/50 Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279271033
Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix 6oz Z324 through Z350 071279251011
Fresh Express American 11 oz Z324 through Z350 071279241005
Fresh Express America’s Fresh 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw 14 oz Z324 through Z350 071279123004
Fresh Express America’s Fresh 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw 24 oz Z324 through Z350 071279127019
Fresh Express America’s Fresh Old Fashioned Cole Slaw 14oz Z324 through Z350 071279123011
Fresh Express Baby Kale Mix 5 oz Z324 through Z350 071279271224
Fresh Express Baby Spinach 10 oz Z324 through Z350 071279275048
Fresh Express Baby Spinach 20 oz Z324 through Z350 071279271262
Fresh Express Baby Spinach 5 oz Z324 through Z350 071279271002
Fresh Express Caesar Chopped Kit 9.4 oz Z324 through Z350 071279309194
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Asian 12.3 oz Z324 through Z350 071279302027
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Avocado Ranch 12.8 oz Z324 through Z350 071279309439
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Bacon Thousand Island 9.4 oz Z324 through Z350 071279302096
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Bacon&Bleu 10.8 oz Z324 through Z350 071279306063
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Chipotle Cheddar 11.4 oz Z324 through Z350 071279306049
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Pomegranate 10.3oz Z324 through Z350 071279309101
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Poppyseed 11.7oz Z324 through Z350 071279309118
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Southwest 11.5 oz Z324 through Z350 071279306025
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Sunflower Crisp 11.1oz Z324 through Z350 071279309064
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Sweet Kale 10.9oz Z324 through Z350 071279306056
Fresh Express Chopped Kit Thai ‘N” Cashews 11.7 oz Z324 through Z350 071279309248
Fresh Express Chopped Romaine Club Size! 32oz Z324 through Z350 071279261003
Fresh Express Fancy Greens 7 oz Z324 through Z350 071279232010
Fresh Express Farmer’s Garden 9 oz Z324 through Z350 071279281025
Fresh Express Garden Jardin Shreds Iceberg 8 oz Z324 through Z350 071279107080
Fresh Express Garden Shreds Green Leaf 4.5oz Z324 through Z350 071279151021
Fresh Express Garden Shreds Iceberg Z324 through Z350 071279151014
Fresh Express Garden Shreds Iceberg 14oz Z324 through Z350 071279152004
Fresh Express Gourmet Café Creative Classics Chicken Caesar 5.75 oz Z324 through Z350 071279407074
Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Santa Fe Greek 5.23 oz Z324 through Z350 071279407135
Fresh Express Green & Crisp 11oz Z324 through Z350 071279108049
Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine 18oz Z324 through Z350 071279262017
Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine 9oz Z324 through Z350 071279261027
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden – Jardin Iceberg 12 oz Z324 through Z350 071279104126
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden – Jardin Iceberg 24 oz Z324 through Z350 071279104133
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden – Lechuga Repollo 12 oz Z324 through Z350 071279103020
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden – Lechuga Repollo 24 oz Z324 through Z350 071279104119
Fresh Express Iceberg Garden – Lechuga Repollo 3 lb Z324 through Z350 071279106014
Fresh Express Italian 9oz Z324 through Z350 071279211008
Fresh Express Kit Bacon Caesar 10.3 oz Z324 through Z350 071279301082
Fresh Express Kit Caesar – Cesar 9.8 oz Z324 through Z350 071279301006
Fresh Express Kit Caesar Family Size 19.5 oz Z324 through Z350 071279310053
Fresh Express Kit Caesar Lite 9.8oz Z324 through Z350 071279301013
Fresh Express Kit Caesar Supreme 10.5oz Z324 through Z350 071279301044
Fresh Express Kit Italian Balsamic 10.5oz Z324 through Z350 071279302072
Fresh Express Kit Parisienne Supreme 16 oz Z324 through Z350 071279310022
Fresh Express Kit Pear Gorgonzola 6.7oz Z324 through Z350 071279309019
Fresh Express Kit Spinach & Bacon 10.2oz Z324 through Z350 071279302102
Fresh Express Kit Spinach & Bacon 7.7oz Z324 through Z350 071279302089
Fresh Express Leafy Green Romaine 9oz Z324 through Z350 071279261126
Fresh Express Lettuce Trio – Lechuga Trio 9oz Z324 through Z350 071279108094
Fresh Express Organic Baby Arugula 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780030
Fresh Express Organic Baby Kale 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780191
Fresh Express Organic Baby Romaine 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780054
Fresh Express Organic Baby Spinach 10oz Z324 through Z350 071279785028
Fresh Express Organic Baby Spinach 16oz Z324 through Z350 071279785059
Fresh Express Organic Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780023
Fresh Express Organic Salad Kit Classic Caesar 9.8oz Z324 through Z350 071279787015
Fresh Express Organic Salad Kit Sweet Dijon Onion 7.6 oz Z324 through Z350 071279787039
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix 50/50 Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 071279785073
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix 50/50 Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780085
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix Baby Sweet Lettuce 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780092
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix Fresh Herb Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780047
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix Spring Mix 10oz Z324 through Z350 071279785011
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 071279785042
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780016
Fresh Express Organic Salad Mix Super Greens 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279780207
Fresh Express Premium Romaine – Lechuga Romana Especial 9oz Z324 through Z350 071279108087
Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit – Asian Avocado 9.7 oz Z324 through Z350 071279126043
Fresh Express Premium Slaw Salad Kit – Honey Pecan 9.3oz Z324 through Z350 071279126036
Fresh Express Shreds Iceberg 8 oz Z324 through Z350 071279151014
Fresh Express Spinach & Arugula 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279271194
Fresh Express Spinach 16oz Z324 through Z350 071279785165
Fresh Express Spinach 8oz Z324 through Z350 071279132044
Fresh Express Spring Mix 10oz Z324 through Z350 071279275031
Fresh Express Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279231006
Fresh Express Sweet & Crunchy 5oz Z324 through Z350 071279271187
Fresh Express Sweet Butter 6oz Z324 through Z350 071279221038
Fresh Express Sweet Hearts 9oz Z324 through Z350 071279221052
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Asian Caesar 9.6 oz Z324 through Z350 071279309231
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Asian Caesar 9.6oz Z324 through Z350 071279302126
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Avocado Caesar 9.7 oz Z324 through Z350 071279309217
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Caesar 9.4oz Z324 through Z350 071279302119
Fresh Express Twisted Caesar Chopped Salad Kit Greek Caesar 9.3oz Z324 through Z350 071279309224
Fresh Express Veggie Lover’s 11 oz Z324 through Z350 071279281063
Fresh Express Veggie Lover’s 11oz Z324 through Z350 071279281001
Fresh Express Veggie Spring Mix 7oz Z324 through Z350 071279281049
Giant Eagle American 11 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492310
Giant Eagle American 24 oz Z324 through Z350 003003493037
Giant Eagle Angel Hair Slaw 10 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492317
Giant Eagle Avocado Chopped Kit 7oz Z324 through Z350 003003494286
Giant Eagle Baby Spinach 10 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492327
Giant Eagle Baby Spinach 5 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492313
Giant Eagle Bacon Caesar 10.3 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923365
Giant Eagle Caesar Supreme 10.5 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923358
Giant Eagle Caesarlite Salad 9.8 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923341
Giant Eagle Chopped Asian Style 12 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923310
Giant Eagle Chopped Avocado Ranch Salad Kit 12.8 oz Z324 through Z350 030034939441
Giant Eagle Chopped Caesar 10.4 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923402
Giant Eagle Chopped Chipotle Cheddar 11.4 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923389
Giant Eagle Chopped Southwest Style 11.5 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923327
Giant Eagle Chopped Sunflower Crisp 11.1 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923396
Giant Eagle Chopped Sweet Kale 11.9 oz Z324 through Z350 030034923297
Giant Eagle Coleslaw 16 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492309
Giant Eagle Fancy Greens 7oz Z324 through Z350 003003494283
Giant Eagle Garden Salad 12 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492319
Giant Eagle Hearts of Romaine 9 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492312
Giant Eagle Italian 9 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492311
Giant Eagle Juicing Greens 11 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492321
Giant Eagle Leafy Romaine 9 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492324
Giant Eagle Pomegranate Chopped Kit 10.3 oz Z324 through Z350 003003494284
Giant Eagle Romaine Garden Salad 12 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492316
Giant Eagle Shredded Lettuce 16 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492320
Giant Eagle Shredded Lettuce 8 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492315
Giant Eagle Spinach 16 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492308
Giant Eagle Spinach 8 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492348
Giant Eagle Spring Mix + Spinach 5 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492325
Giant Eagle Spring Mix 5 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492323
Giant Eagle Sweet & Crunchy 5 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492326
Giant Eagle Sweet Butter 6 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492307
Giant Eagle Sweet Hearts 9 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492322
Giant Eagle Veggie Lovers 11 oz Z324 through Z350 003003492328
Little Salad Bar Asian Chopped Salad Kit 12.3 Z324 through Z350 099100086960
Little Salad Bar Avocado Ranch Chopped Salad Kit 13.2 oz Z324 through Z350 099100219542
Little Salad Bar Caesar Chopped Salad Kit 10.5oz Z324 through Z350 099100263934
Little Salad Bar Caesar Salad Kit 10.5 oz Z324 through Z350 099100086991
Little Salad Bar Chef Salad 6.2oz Z324 through Z350 099100107368
Little Salad Bar Chicken Caesar Salad 8.75oz Z324 through Z350 099100096068
Little Salad Bar Classic Coleslaw 14oz Z324 through Z350 409910021843
Little Salad Bar Cranberry Walnut Salad 4.5oz Z324 through Z350 099100096174
Little Salad Bar Garden Salad 12oz Z324 through Z350 099100082979
Little Salad Bar Italian Salad 9oz Z324 through Z350 099100083181
Little Salad Bar Santa Fe Style Salad 7oz Z324 through Z350 099100096143
Little Salad Bar Southwest Chopped Salad Kit 12 oz Z324 through Z350 099100087028
Little Salad Bar Spinach 8 oz Z324 through Z350 099100083419
Little Salad Bar Spring Mix 5 oz Z324 through Z350 099100083495
Little Salad Bar Sunflower Chopped Salad Kit 11.3 oz Z324 through Z350 099100087905
Little Salad Bar Sweet Butter 6 oz Z324 through Z350 099100083037
Little Salad Bar Sweet Kale Chopped Salad Kit 12.2 oz Z324 through Z350 099100083549
Market District Ultimate Kale Caesar Salad Kit 8.5 oz Z324 through Z350 030034939724
Marketside Angel Hair Coleslaw 10oz Z324 through Z350 681131387491
Marketside Baby Greens Salad 6oz Z324 through Z350 081131355023
Marketside Baby Spinach 11oz Z324 through Z350 681131090254
Marketside Baby Spinach 6oz Z324 through Z350 681131027908
Marketside Bacon Caesar Salad Kit 14.6oz Z324 through Z350 681131387354
Marketside Butter Lettuce Salad 6oz Z324 through Z350 681131027861
Marketside Caesar Salad Kit 14.5oz Z324 through Z350 681131387446
Marketside Chopped Romaine Mix 9oz Z324 through Z350 681131221412
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Asian 13.6oz Z324 through Z350 081131305158
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Avocado Ranch 12.3oz Z324 through Z350 081131305134
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Bacon Ranch Crunch 12.8oz Z324 through Z350 081131305448
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Caesar 11.3oz Z324 through Z350 681131148320
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Cherry Almond Gorgonzola 13.7oz Z324 through Z350 081131305165
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Kale Pecan Cranberry 9.5oz Z324 through Z350 681131221320
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Southwest 13.4oz Z324 through Z350 081131305127
Marketside Chopped Salad Kit Sunflower Bacon Crunch 13.8oz Z324 through Z350 081131305141
Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad 12oz Z324 through Z350 681131328944
Marketside Classic Iceberg Salad 24oz Z324 through Z350 681131328951
Marketside Crisp Greens 12oz Z324 through Z350 081131355030
Marketside Family Size Caesar Salad Kit 22.3oz Z324 through Z350 681131387460
Marketside Family Size Sunflower Bacon Crunch Chopped Salad Kit 22.3oz Z324 through Z350 081131377346
Marketside Fresh Spinach 10oz Z324 through Z350 681131329460
Marketside Hearts of Romaine 10oz Z324 through Z350 068113102783
Marketside Leafy Romaine 9oz Z324 through Z350 681131027816
Marketside Organic Baby Arugula & Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 681131532082
Marketside Organic Baby Arugula 5oz Z324 through Z350 068113122173
Marketside Organic Baby Spinach & Baby Kale Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 681131221290
Marketside Organic Baby Spinach 16oz Z324 through Z350 681131085731
Marketside Organic Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 681131328982
Marketside Organic Spinach & Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 081131354781
Marketside Organic Spinach & Spring Mix 5.5oz Z324 through Z350 081131354798
Marketside Organic Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 081131354767
Marketside Organic Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 081131354774
Marketside Premium Romaine Salad 18oz Z324 through Z350 681131388078
Marketside Premium Romaine Salad 9oz Z324 through Z350 681131387538
Marketside Shredded Iceberg Lettuce 16oz Z324 through Z350 681131532099
Marketside Shredded Iceberg Lettuce 8oz Z324 through Z350 681131328968
Marketside Spinach & Spring Mix 11oz Z324 through Z350 081131355016
Marketside Spring Mix 11oz Z324 through Z350 081131355009
Marketside Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 081131354996
Marketside Tri-Color Cole Slaw 16oz Z324 through Z350 681131387484
O Organics Organic Baby Arugula 16oz Z324 through Z350 007989340944
O Organics Organic Baby Arugula 5oz Z324 through Z350 007989340883
O Organics Organic Baby Kale 5oz Z324 through Z350 007989340916
O Organics Organic Baby Spinach 16oz Z324 through Z350 007989340857
O Organics Organic Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 007989340852
O Organics Organic Half & Half Blend 16oz Z324 through Z350 007989340915
O Organics Organic Half & Half Blend 5oz Z324 through Z350 007989340910
O Organics Organic Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 007989340856
O Organics Organic Super Greens Blend 5oz Z324 through Z350 007989340941
O Organics Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 079893408538
Signature Farms 50 -50 Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 002113014670
Signature Farms 50/50 Mix 10oz Z324 through Z350 002113041918
Signature Farms Baby Spinach 10oz Z324 through Z350 002113041919
Signature Farms Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 002113014669
Signature Farms Baby Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 021130146680
Signature Farms Coleslaw 3 Color 14oz Z324 through Z350 021130111961
Signature Farms Garden Salad 12oz Z324 through Z350 002113098135
Signature Farms Green & Crisp 11oz Z324 through Z350 021130419128
Signature Farms Lettuce Shreds 8oz Z324 through Z350 021130112180
Signature Farms Premium Romaine 9oz Z324 through Z350 021130419166
Signature Farms Spinach 8oz Z324 through Z350 002113098134
Signature Farms Spring Mix 10oz Z324 through Z350 021130419173
Signature Farms Sweet & Crunchy 5oz Z324 through Z350 002113014671
Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach & Arugula Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 099100087974
Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 099100088551
Simply Nature Organic Chopped Kale 12oz Z324 through Z350 099100088735
Simply Nature Organic Mixed Greens 5oz Z324 through Z350 099100088049
Simply Nature Organic Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 099100088612
Weis Fresh From the Field 50-50 Salad Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 041497067756
Weis Fresh From the Field Baby Spinach 5oz Z324 through Z350 041497067763
Weis Fresh From the Field Baby Sweet Lettuce 5oz Z324 through Z350 041497067824
Weis Fresh From the Field Spinach & Arugula 5oz Z324 through Z350 041497076192
Weis Fresh From the Field Spring Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 041497067770
Wellsley Farms Organic 50-50 Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 088867009193
Wellsley Farms Organic Arugula 5oz Z324 through Z350 088867006716
Wellsley Farms Organic Baby Spinach 16oz Z324 through Z350 088867006711
Wellsley Farms Organic Herb Mix 5oz Z324 through Z350 088867009195
Wellsley Farms Organic Lettuce Blend 16oz Z324 through Z350 088867009194
Wellsley Farms Organic Spring Mix 16oz Z324 through Z350 088867009192
Wellsley Farms Organic Super Greens 16oz Z324 through Z350 088867006714

Listeria Quick Facts:

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected. Symptoms can occur anywhere from 3 to 70 days after exposure to the bacteria and include:

  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Achy neck
  • Confusion
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions
  • Achy muscles, and/or
  • Diarrhea – In some cases, diarrhea may be so severe that the ill person requires hospitalization.

Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell their health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

The Lange Law Firm Can Help

Our mission is to help families who have been harmed by contaminated food or water.  When corporations cause Listeria food poisoning outbreaks, we use the law to hold them accountable.  The Lange Law Firm PLLC is one of the only law firms in the nation focused on representing families in food poisoning lawsuits.  This is what we do.

If you were diagnosed with Listeria after eating packaged salad in this Fresh Express Packaged Salad Listeria Outbreak and want to make a legal claim for compensation, we can help. Our Listeria lawyer can help you pursue compensation for your Listeria food poisoning.  Call us for a free no obligation legal consultation at (833) 330-3663 or send us an e-mail here.