FDA and CDC, in collaboration with state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections. According to the CDC, as of December 21, 2021, 10 people infected with the outbreak strain of Listeria monocytogenes have been reported from eight states, with ten hospitalizations and one death. Illnesses started on dates ranging from July 26, 2016 to October 19, 2021.
As a part of routine sampling, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected a product sample of Fresh Express Sweet Hearts salad mix with a Use-By-Date of December 8, 2021, for testing. The sample tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes and subsequent whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis determined that the Listeria monocytogenes present in the samples matches the strain that has caused illnesses in this outbreak.
In response to the sample results and the ongoing outbreak investigation, Fresh Express voluntarily ceased production at its Streamwood, Ill., facility and initiated a recall of certain varieties of its branded and private label salad products produced at the facility and distributed across 19 states. The recall includes all use-by dates of fresh salad items with product codes Z324 through Z350. Product codes are located on the front of the packages below the use-by date. No other Fresh Express products are subject to recall. A full list of recalled products is available on FDA’s website.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be provided as it becomes available.