Giant Eagle Lettuce Recall Due To Listeria Contamination

Giant Eagle has issued a recall on lettuce, particularly certain bags of its Farmer’s Market brand, from its stores due to listeria contamination.

The bacteria was found during a routine random sample of the product by the Food and Drug Administration.

Upon getting the results, the Pittsburgh-based grocery chain immediately issued a recall on the product, removed it from its store shelves and put a block on their registers to prevent it from being sold, the store said.

The grocery chain also called customers who purchased the products with instructions to dispose of the product or return it to the store for a refund, using customer data gleaned from store loyalty cards.

The lettuce in question is Giant Eagle Farmer’s Market 8-ounce package of Shredded Iceberg Lettuce, produced by River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, of Salinas, Calif., with a use-by date of Oct. 14, 2011.

There have been no reported cases of customer illness linked to this item, , Giant Eagle spokesman Brock Schmaltz said.