Listeria recall for Portland produce company bagged salads

Portland’s Pacific Coast Fruit Company is recalling multiple kinds of bagged, processed salads because they could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The products were distributed to grocery, restaurant and deli chains in Oregon and Washington.

The move is part of a larger recall of vegetables from California-based Mann Packing, which has recalled packaged produce from multiple supermarket chains across the United States and Canada, including Walmart, Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Albertson’s and Safeway.

Some of those vegetables were used in Pacific Coast Fruit products, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a recall announcement.

Questions about the recall were directed to Ted Hendryx, Pacific Coast Fruit Company’s chief operating officer, who did not respond to an interview request.

There have been no reported illnesses associated with either the Mann or Pacific Coast Fruit recalls.

Pacific Coast Fruit Company's recalled retail items include both its own brand and New Seasons Market brand salads packed in 10-ounce, 16-ounce, 20-ounce and 25-ounce plastic clamshell style containers.

Items sold to food service outlets are Pacific Coast Fruit Company brand salads packed in 5-pound to 20-pound bags.

All of the items have use-by dates ranging from Oct. 9, 2017, to Oct. 27, 2017.

A complete list of recalled products is available at https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm581788.htm.

Listeriosis is a bacterial infection usually caused by eating contaminated food.

Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

The illness strikes particularly hard in older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. About 15 percent of cases are fatal.

Pacific Coast Fruit Company, established in 1977, is one of the largest independent produce distributors in the Northwest.

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