Fresh Express Statement about Recall of a Limited Number of Cases of Expired Products Not Marked or Labeled for Retail Sale:
At Fresh Express, our top priority is providing consumers with the highest quality and safest fresh lettuce and leafy greens products available.
In its investigation, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took several random samples of products and one sample, yielded a positive result for Cyclospora. Although the sample taken was an already-expired institutional foodservice product, it none-the-less necessitated a precautionary recall by Fresh Express on July 27th of a limited number of cases.
The products recalled were packaged in clear plastic, multi-pound packs that did not display the Fresh Express logo and were not marked or labeled for retail sale to consumers.
The Fresh Express food safety team, along with our outside food safety experts, have collaborated closely with FDA, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health agencies in their outbreak investigations, and we continue to do so. As of now, there is no clear understanding about the contamination pathway or the definitive source of infection.
Fresh Express follows rigid food safety requirements and preventive controls throughout our supply chain that are carefully designed to mitigate against potential health risks. Working together with public health officials, we are hopeful a definitive source of the outbreak clusters will be identified soon.