Salads at Aldi, Target, Walmart and More Recalled for E. Coli Contamination

The salads have been sold in 22 states. Is yours one of them?

With the holidays right around the corner, many of us are eating healthier now so we can indulge later. If you’ve stocked up on ready-made salads from your local grocer, you might want to rethink your game plan. (Try these easy, healthy meals instead.)

This morning, Missa Bay, LLC, recalled almost 100,000 pounds of salads because the lettuce used may contain E. coli. The product found to be contaminated was Ready Pac Bistro Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics Caesar Salad, but the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced that all products in the lot have been recalled.

This is why there have been so many recalls lately.

What products are recalled? 

All in all, 38 varieties—including chicken caesar, Southwest style and chef salads—have been recalled. They were sold at grocers like Aldi, Target and Walmart, as well as restaurants, including Domino’s. You can find the whole list here. The salads were produced between October 16 and 19, 2019.

How do I know if I have one of these products? 

The recalled salads include the establishment number “EST. 18502B” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to 22 states: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Good news: many of the salads in the tainted batch have already been removed from stores because they’ve passed their use-by dates. A spokesperson from Aldi contacted Taste of Home to let us know that the salads currently on their shelves are perfectly safe to eat. To find a recalled salad, you’ll have to check your fridge for products with the establishment number above.

I have one of these products! What should I do with it? 

Toss any suspect items or take them back to the place of purchase, where you may be able to exchange them or get a refund. If you have questions about this salad recall, contact Mary Toscano, Consumer Affairs Manager for Bonduelle, one of the recalled brands, at 1-800-800-7822.

How can I avoid getting E. coli?

While these salads should just be thrown away, you can avoid getting E. coli by practicing a few simple safety measures.

  • Thoroughly wash your hands after handling raw meat.
  • Don’t eat any undercooked meat, and make sure your store-bought beverages are pasteurized.
  • Wash everything from the produce section carefully, because raw foods like lettuce can cause sickness, too.

For more tips on keeping your family safe from E. coli, check out our guide.

Next up: How about a homemade salad for dinner tonight?

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Ellie Martin Cliffe
Now Taste of Home's content director, Ellie has been writing about food and parenting for almost 20 years. When she isn't at TOH HQ, she's likely trying gluten- and dairy-free recipes, canning whatever's in season, listening to anything with a fiddle, or playing Forbidden Island with her family.