Nearly two dozen cases of bulk Romaine Lettuce sold at Vons and Pavilions stores in California and Nevada are being recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Pacific International Marketing, also known as Pacific, issued a voluntary recall on July 6 recalling 19 cases of the lettuce sold in bulk produce bins from July 2 through July 4.
The lettuce heads are banded with a red twist tie marked “Safeway” and were distributed in bulk with the code 12EASROM182 on the RPC code.
The recall affects RPCs only, officials said, and no carton Romaine or bagged Romaine products are affected.
So far, no illnesses have been reported. Consumers who purchased the lettuce are urged to throw it away or return it to the store for a full refund.
“This recall is being conducted out of an abundance of caution,” according to an FDA statement.
Officials said a field-level test came back positive for Salmonella and the source of the contamination is unknown.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems, the FDA reported.
Symptoms can include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
Customers can contact Pacific International Marketing at 831-755-1398 between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.