For the third time this year, Fresh Express, Chiquita Brands International’s salad division, has announced a recall due to a possible allergen contamination. Over 2,000 Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kits may have been packaged with incorrect condiment packs. In some cases, these packs may contain walnuts, a tree nut allergen, which will not be listed on the salad's label.
The recall was issued when the company was informed that two of their salad kits were packaged improperly. Retailers in nineteen states may have received the recalled 7.6-ounce salad kits, which are manufactured out of Orlando, Florida. Bags with the product code G163B13A and a use-by date of June 2016 are part of the recall. The UPC number on these products is 0 71279 30100 6.
So far, no illnesses have been reported, and Fresh Express representatives are working with retailers to remove the recalled items from shelves. Consumers with the recalled product are instructed to throw it out and contact Fresh Express Consumer Response Center at (800) 242-5472 in order to obtain a refund.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, this recall is a result of human error. Company procedure calls for all allergens to be properly labeled, and because this requirement was not met, this voluntary recall procedure has been put into place.