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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Whole Foods Market Recalls Ready-To-Eat Grain Salads

Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region is recalling ready-to-eat Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo®* Salad in response to a recall issued today by Glass Onion Catering. The salads are being recalled as a preventive measure because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli O157:h7, a bacteria that may cause illness.
Symptoms of E. coli O157:H7 infection may include abdominal cramps and diarrhea which is often bloody. Most infected people recover within a week; however, some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Young children and the elderly are at highest risk for a potentially life-threatening complication known as hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) which includes kidney failure. To date, 26 illnesses have been reported; however, none of the illnesses are linked to products specifically sold at Whole Foods Market.
Customers may have purchased the Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo Salad from the fresh deli case, salad bar and/or in pre-packed pint or half-pint containers in the Prepared Foods department. Both products have been pulled from all venues and carry an expiration date between Nov. 9 and Nov. 13. Four PLUs are associated with these salads:
  • 28563300000- Artichoke Wheatberry Salad
  • 28563400000- Artichoke Wheatberry Salad
  • 28563700000- Southwest SooFoo Salad
  • 28563800000- Southwest SooFoo Salad

The recalled salads were sold in the following 10 of the company’s 40 Northern California stores:
RedwCapitola, 1710 41st Ave, Capitola, CA 95010
Fremont, 3111 Mowry Ave., Fremont, CA 94538
Oakland, 230 Bay Place, Oakland, CA 94612
Lafayette, 3502 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549
Los Gatos, 15980 Los Gatos Blvd, Los Gatos, CA 94032
Napa, 3682 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa, CA 94558
Noe Valley, 3950 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94114
Redwood City, 1250 Jefferson Ave, Redwood City, CA 94062
San Mateo, 1010 Park Pl, San Mateo, CA 94403
Walnut Creek, 1333 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Customers who have purchased these products should discard them, and may bring in a receipt to any of the above stores for a full refund.
Questions about the recall can be directed to 512-477-5566, ext. 20060, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
*SooFoo® is a separate corporate entity; Whole Foods Market sources SooFoo grains as an ingredient in its Southwest SooFoo Salad. The SooFoo ingredient is not related to the recall.

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