A diet rich in fruits and vegetables ordinarily is considered healthy. But in the last few days the image of fresh produce has taken a beating, following these new, revised or expanded recalls:
- Six-ounce garden salads and 5.6-ounce chef salads from Kentucky’s Thorntons Inc. because of possible salmonella contamination. The salads contained grape tomatoes from a lot that showed signs of the contamination. The recalled salads were distributed by Greencore U.S.A.to stores in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.
- Chopped or shredded romaine lettuce from True Leaf Farms in California because of possible listeria contamination. The recall covers shipments to more than 20 states along with Alberta, Canada.
- Organic grape tomatoes from California’s Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce to all 50 states and Canada because of possible salmonella.
- Cantaloupes shipped to Indiana, Wisconsin and Louisiana by Jensen Foods of Colorado. The fruit has been linked to a listeria outbreak that has taken at least 15 lives. As the Los Angeles Times reports, the outbreak has prompted Congressional Democrats to call for an investigation.
Not that fruits and vegetables are the only foods being recalled. As Reuters reports, Southern California-based Manning Beef is recalling 80,000 pounds of beef products over possible E. coli contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in a news release, faulted the company for poor sanitary conditions “as reflected by an unusually high number of confirmed positive E. coli” test results.
If all this has consumers considering a trip to the deli counter for a pastrami on rye, perhaps they should think again. The Wall Street Journal notes that retail-sliced deli meats are particularly prone to listeria contamination.