USA – Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Fresh Express Packaged Salad (December 2021) is Over.

FDA

The FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, investigated a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. According to the CDC, as of March 8, 2022, this outbreak has ended.

On December 20, 2021, Fresh Express voluntarily recalled certain varieties of its branded and private label salad products produced at the company’s Streamwood, Illinois, facility.

Recommendation

On March 8, 2022, CDC announced this outbreak is over. The product is past expiration and should no longer be available to consumers. Therefore, there are no recommendations for consumers, retailers, or suppliers.

FDA recommends that anyone who received recalled products use extra vigilance in cleaning and sanitizing any surfaces and containers that may have come in contact with these products to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Listeria can survive in refrigerated temperatures and can easily spread to other foods and surfaces.


Product Images

Image – Bagged Salad, Use By Date

Map of U.S. Distribution of Recalled Packaged Salad

Outbreak Investigation of Listeria monocytogenes: Packaged Salad: Case Count Map Provided by CDC (December 21, 2021)

Case Count

People infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes by state of residence, as of March 8, 2022 (n=10)

Case Counts People infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes by state of residence, as of March 8, 2022 (n=10)

Case Counts

Total Illnesses: 10
Hospitalizations: 10
Deaths: 1
Last Illness Onset: October 19, 2021
States with Cases: IL, MA, MI, NJ, NY, OH, PA, VA

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