Trader Joe’s, 7-Eleven, Whole Foods Hit With New Food Recall Over Salmonella and Listeria Concerns

If you enjoy the ready-to-eat salads at places like Trader Joe’s you need to pay attention.  Food suppliers GH Foods CA, Mary’s Harvest Fresh Foods, GHSE, and Prime Deli Corporation have collectively recalled 2,811 pounds of ready-to-eat salads sold at chains including Whole Foods, Walmart, 7-Eleven, and, yes, Trader Joe’s.

According to a statement from the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recall is necessary as they have concerns over salmonella and/or listeria contamination. All of the salads that have been recalled were produced earlier in the month of October.

More specifically, the recalled salads include brand names like:

  • 7-Eleven Bistro Southwest Style Salad with Bacon
  • Mary’s Harvest Southwest Chicken Wrap with Rib Meat
  • Trader Joe’s Mexicali-Inspired Salad with Chili Seasoned Chicken
  • Marketside Fiesta Salad with Steak (from Walmart)
  • 365 by Whole Foods Market Chicken Fajita Salad
  • 365 by Whole Foods Market BBQ-Style Chopped Salad with Chicken
  • GH Foods CA’s Santa Fe-Style Salad with Chicken
  • GH Foods CA’s BBQ-Style Salad Kit with White Chicken

The US Department of Agriculture has also noted there is a separate but similar recall regarding wraps and salads made at Portland, Oregon-based Marys Harvest Fresh Foods, Inc.  This recall includes:

  • 7-oz clear, plastic-wrapped packages of “Mary’s Harvest Southwest Chicken Wrap w/ Rib Meat” that has a “Use By” date between 10/15/2018 and 10/23/2018
  • 11-oz clear, plastic clamshell packages of “Trader Jose’s Mexicali-Inspired Salad with Chili Seasoned Chicken” that has a “Best By” date between 10/15/2018 and 10/19/2018

Of course, recalling foods that have just the potential for such contamination is very important. After all, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that salmonella is the case of roughly 1.2 million illnesses and approximately 450 deaths across the US annually.  Similarly, only about 1,600 people are diagnosed with listeriosis each year, with a death toll of about 260.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include abdominal cramps between 12 and 72 hours of infection. The symptoms typically last between four and seven days and mostly go away on their own.  As with most other types of bacterial infections, children under the age of five, older adults, and those with weakened immune systems are most vulnerable