If you have recently purchased a bag of Fresh Express salad, heads up there is a nationwide recall. Countless items sold in Michigan and throughout the United States are being recalled over Listeria monocytogenes.

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So what exactly is Listeria monocytogenes? 

According to the official recall announcement,

'Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women. Consumers with these symptoms should consult their health care provider.'

How do I know if I purchased a contaminated product?

The recall includes all Use-By Dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350. Product codes are located on the front of the packages below the Use-By Date. No other Fresh Express products are subject to recall. The complete list of recalled products are as follows,

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Where do I find the product code on the bag I purchased?

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Can I get a refund if I purchased one or more of the items being recalled?

Absolutely you can get a refund. Just call the Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Refunds are also available where purchased.

I certainly hope you and your family have not consumed any of the contaminated products. If you did, be sure to monitor yourself for any symptoms. This is just another reason to not eat salad.

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