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Ready Pac Recalls 5,379 Cases Of Romaine Lettuce Salads On E. Coli Fears

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California-based Ready Pac Foods Inc. said it is voluntarily recalling 5,379 cases of bagged salad products containing Romaine lettuce on fears of E. coli contamination.

The cases being recalled have an 'Use-by Date' of November 18, 2011, and sold in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. The company said no other Ready Pac Foods products are included in the recall.

The recall was initiated based on a single positive random sample result for E.coli O157:H7 reported to Ready Pac by the FDA. The company said that since the products meant for recall could be on store shelves, it is extending the recall to retailers as well as consumers.

E.coli is an organism that may cause diarrheal illness often with bloody stools. Although most healthy adults can recover completely within a week. However, some people can develop a form of kidney failure called Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which is most likely to occur in young children and the elderly and can lead to serious kidney damage and even death.

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