We take food safety seriously.
Recalls or alerts are set off when our Food Safety Director receives notice from distributors, vendors or government officials. He works with our stores to ensure the appropriate action is taken. Every case is different, and it might require simply removing a product or continual monitoring of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website for updates.
The stores confirm they carry the product, and in the case of recalls, remove it from the shelves and post signs that explain the problem. Please check here for updates on recalls and alerts as they pertain to our stores. If you have any questions, please email us via the Contact Us page.
Romaine from Salinas linked to E. coli Infections
Nov. 25: Last week, we pulled all products of or with romaine lettuce that could be connected to Salinas, Calif.
This was done when the Centers for Disease Control, the federal Food and Drug Administration and public health and regulatory officials in several states began investigating a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine harvested from the Salinas growing region. Forty people in 16 states have been reported as infected with E.coliO157:H7
The current situation:
- Heads of romaine in our Produce Markets were grown in Arizona.
- We continue to sell products that contain romaine grown in Yuma, Ariz., and Mexico. This is true of Earthbound salad kits where the label states “USA, Mexico.”
- Our distributor has been working to verify all products it delivers that contain romaine are not from Salinas (we didn’t and won’t reintroduce romaine products without written verifications from grows and packagers).
- Consumers should note that most romaine products are labeled with a harvest location – if you’re not sure, don’t eat the product.
- For more information you can visit the CDC website’s “E.coli Homepage”