Romaine lettuce recalled from more than 1,000 Walmart stores for possible E. coli contamination

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If you recently purchased romaine lettuce from Walmart, you may want to check the labels.

California-based company Tanimura & Antle Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of romaine lettuce for possible E. coli contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration, reported NBC News. 

The affected single head lettuce, sold under the Tanimura & Antle brand at Walmart, were labeled with a "packed on” date of 10/15/2020 or 10/16/2020, the company said.

The UPC number on the lettuce is 0-27918-20314-9.

In response, Walmart released a list of more than 1000 locations which carried the lettuce.

The stores were located in the following 22 states: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.

According to Tanimura & Antle, the company shipped 3,396 cartons of “potentially affected product” to Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.

The voluntary recall was started after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) tested and analyzed a random sample.

“It is unlikely that this product remains at retail establishments due to the shelf life of lettuce and the number of days that have passed,” the produce company said in a notice on the FDA website. 

“We are asking that if any of the packaged single head romaine described above is in the possession of consumers, retailers or distributors, the product be disposed of and not consumed.”

Currently, there have been no reports of anyone becoming ill.

E. coli is a bacteria that comes from contaminated food or water. According to the CDC, illness usually presents within two to eight days and symptoms include stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. A fever may also present itself.

For more information, customers may call the Tanimura & Antle Consumer Hotline at 877-827-7388 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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