Product Recall: Romaine Lettuce

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several US states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region. Kirk Market has been affected by this recall as most of our stock is grown in Salinas, CA.

Out of an abundance of caution, Kirk Market has removed all potentially affected products from our shelves and from all prepared foods. In order to keep our customers as safe as possible, we are requesting that if you have purchased romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce, salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad from Kirk Market, you are urged to dispose of it immediately or return the product with the receipt for a full refund.

Advice to consumers

Based on current information, CDC is advising that consumers not eat (and retailers not sell) any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California growing region.

  • Most romaine lettuce products are labeled with a harvest location showing where they were grown.
  • This advice includes all types of romaine lettuce harvested from Salinas, California such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and packages of precut lettuce and salad mixes which contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad.
  • If you have romaine lettuce at home:
    • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.
    • If the label says “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t eat it, and throw it away.
    • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
    • If you don’t know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, don’t eat it, and throw it away.
    • Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where romaine lettuce was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.
  • If you are buying romaine lettuce at a store:
    • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.
    • If the label says “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t buy it.
    • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t buy it.
  • Restaurants and retailers should check the label on bags or boxes of romaine lettuce, or ask their suppliers about the source of their romaine lettuce.
    • Look for a label showing where the romaine lettuce was grown. It may be printed on the package or on a sticker.
    • If the label says “Salinas” (whether alone or with the name of another location), don’t sell or serve it.
    • If it isn’t labeled with a growing region, don’t sell or serve it.
  • Suppliers, distributors, and others in the supply chain should not ship or sell romaine harvested in Salinas, California.

Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection

  • Talk to your healthcare provider.
  • Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
  • Report your illness to your local health department.
  • Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness.
  • Prevent infections in others by practicing proper hygiene, especially good handwashing.

For further details about this Public Health Alert, please visit the CDC website by clicking here.

The management of Kirk Market will continue to monitor this situation as the health and well being of our customers is our priority.

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