Bagged greens buyers, you might have reason to be wary. This week, Chiquita Brands International issued a recall of their popular Fresh Express pre-washed salad blends due to allergen concerns—marking the fourth recall the brand has conducted since the start of 2016.
According to Food Safety News, the Orlando-based salad makers pulled hundreds of cases of lettuce from a number of southern states due to the potential accidental inclusion of Ceasar dressing packets within the "American" blend bags. Because the Caesar dressing contains milk, egg, wheat, and anchovy, the brand was forced to recall the bags for fear of harming unwitting allergic consumers.
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The recall was posted on the website of the U.S. Food and Drug administration, including a note that while no illnesses had yet to be reported as a result of the mix-up, "In some individuals the consumption of an undisclosed allergen could be life-threatening."