SALINAS, Calif. -- A Northern California produce supplier said Sunday it is voluntarily recalling romaine lettuce that was shipped to 19 states, Puerto Rico and Canada over fears about possible E. coli contamination.
Salinas-based Tanimura & Antle said the recall is limited to a single lot of its Field Fresh Wrapped Single Head Romaine that was available at retail stores starting Aug. 2. The lettuce is packed in a plastic bag with the UPC number 0-27918-20314-9, and it may have a "best by" date of Aug. 19.
The company said some 2,095 cases were potentially affected. Of those, 1,969 cases were shipped to Puerto Rico and the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington.
The product was packed with either 12 or 18 heads per case.
The recall was being conducted in consultation with Food and Drug Administration, and was based on the testing of a random sample by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. There have been no reported illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
Earlier on HuffPost:
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This was by no means one of the most dangerous food safety incidents of the year, but it was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/22/blue-plastic-chips-ground-beef_n_932889.html" target="_hplink">one of the strangest</a>.
10. Metal Fragments Found In Craisins
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9. Listeria Found In Keebler's Factory
Kellogg's shut down production at its Keebler and Famous Amos factory after listeria was found on the cookies in June.
8. Norovirus Found In Oysters
A shocking <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/11/29/three-quarters-british-oysters-norovirus-winter-vomiting-bug_n_1118617.html" target="_hplink">three-quarters of oysters in UK</a> were found to contain food poisoning agent norovirus in a November food safety investigation.
7. Salmonella Found In Pine Nuts
42 people fell sick after eating <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/wegmans-pine-nuts-salmonella_n_1035091.html" target="_hplink">salmonella-tainted pine nuts</a> bought at Wegman's Supermarkets in October. Two-and-a-half tons of the nuts were then recalled from stores.
6. Radiation Found In Fish
Compared to the human tragedy that ensued after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan early this year, this seems small. But discovering that many fish in the Pacific had been <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/06/radiation-in-japans-fish-_n_845546.html" target="_hplink">contaminated with nuclear radiation</a> sent a jolt throughout the entire fishing industry -- and may still have effects on cancer rates down the line.
5. Salmonella Found In Ground Turkey
Dozens of Americans got <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/02/ground-turkey-salmonella-california-death_n_916711.html" target="_hplink">salmonella after eating ground turkey</a> from a tainted batch this August.
4. All Sorts Of Food Safety Crazy In China
Multiple deadly food safety incidents <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/china-food-safety_n_943903.html" target="_hplink">cropped up in China</a> this year -- including one, in February, that affected over 100 schoolchildren, some of whom are pictured above. But the Chinese government struck back against food poisoning in a big way: it ruled that the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/30/china-death-penalty-food-safety_n_868742.html" target="_hplink">punishment for serious infractions would be death</a>.
3. E. Coli Found In Sprouts
When it comes to food safety, early summer and late spring were dominated by one story: Europe's gigantic E. coli outbreak, in which <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/01/severity-europe-e-coli-outbreak_n_869715.html" target="_hplink">over 1000 were sickened</a>. Part of the fascination was tied up in the mystery of the outbreak's source... people couldn't figure out the vector of the poisoning until finally scientists isolated one German farm's sprouts as the likely culprit.
2. More Than 150 Die Of Adulterated Alcohol
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1. Listeria Found In Cantaloupes
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