July 16, 2021 Update: A recall has been initiated for all BrightFarms salads packaged at their Rochelle Illinois facility.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a food safety alert today advising consumers that prepackaged salads sold in under the BrightFarms label should be discarded immediately due to possible Salmonella contamination.
The affected salads are part of an ongoing salmonella outbreak and were distributed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin. 8 people are known to have been sickened in this outbreak so far, including 5 in Illinois and 3 in Wisconsin.
The CDC and the FDA are investigating to determine if other products might also be contaminated.
The affected salads can be identified by these characteristics:
- Green leaf lettuce in a plastic clamshell container
- Labeled with “Bright Farms”, and “fresh from Rochelle, IL”
- A “best by” date through 7/29/2021
- View the full list of affected BrightFarms products with images
What should you do if you have purchased BrightFarms salad?
- Throw away any BrightFarms brand salad produced in Rochelle, IL. Do not eat it.
- Wash surfaces, plates, sinks and containers that may have contacted the salad using soapy water.
- If you have any of the following severe Salmonella symptoms, call your healthcare provider:
- Diarrhea and a fever higher than 102°F
- Diarrhea for more than 3 days that is not improving
- Bloody diarrhea
- So much vomiting that you cannot keep liquids down
- Signs of dehydration, such as:
- Not urinating or urinating very little
- Prolonged dry mouth and throat
- Feeling dizzy when standing up
- Symptoms usually start between 6 hours and 6 days after eating contaminated food
- If you are diagnosed with Salmonella poisoning, contact the Pritzker Hageman Salmonella lawyers