PITTSBURGH,None - Giant Eagle is recalling bags of shredded Iceberg lettuce because of possible contamination with listeria.
An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupes in recent weeks is now linked to 23 deaths and is the deadliest known outbreak of food-borne illness in the U.S. in a quarter century.
The Food and Drug Administration informed the supermarket chain of the presence of listeria monocytogenes in a routine random sample test of Giant Eagle Farmer's Market 8-ounce package of Shredded Iceberg Lettuce, produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, with a use by date of October 14, 2011.
There are no reported cases of customer illness due to consumption of this item, Giant Eagle officials said.
The packaged product affected is Giant Eagle Farmer's Market Shredded Iceberg Lettuce (UPC 3003430195). Additionally, the shredded iceberg lettuce was used in a small number of prepared deli ring sandwiches. The affected deli ring sandwiches include: Giant Eagle Large Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 23755100000), Giant Eagle Mini Italian Sandwich Ring (UPC 24755500000), Giant Eagle Large New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 22755100000), Giant Eagle Mini New York Sandwich Ring (UPC 25755500000), Giant Eagle Large All America Sandwich Ring (UPC 21755100000), and Giant Eagle Mini All American Sandwich Ring (UPC 26755500000).
Giant Eagle implemented a register sale block to ensure that none of the product involved would be inadvertently sold. Giant Eagle also has removed all potentially affected products from its store shelves. Additionally, the company initiated a proactive telephone call to customers who purchased the products with instructions to dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund.
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