Lettuce Pulled From NC Grocery Stores After Salmonella Found in AZ Field

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Iceberg lettuce is being removed from groceries in at least seven states after salmonella was found in an Arizona field adjacent to the grower's property.

The California company, Growers Express, says none of its lettuce tested positive for salmonella. The company says it alerted retailers about the neighboring field and sought a withdrawal of the product "out of an abundance of caution."

Company CEO Jamie Strachan says it was a voluntary move. He says his company doesn't own the tainted field but he declined to say who did.

The Kroger Co. and its affiliated Smith's Food and Drug pulled the lettuce from 200 stores in at least seven states, including Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration didn't respond Friday to requests for comment.


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  • by Harry Location: Jacksonville on Dec 31, 2011 at 11:07 PM
    All the time I was growing up I never heard of entire stocks of food being recalled and destroyed "due to abundance of caution" There has to be more to cases like this. They are happening with more frequency. Somewhere a self-selected few are making profits off of this happening. Think about it, if we can't get lettuce from Arizona in the winter, where do we get it? It just might be from,... oh let's see,...MEXICO? Honduras? Brazil? Well it sure isn't coming from most local sources or Florida or Canada! I think much the same when I heard of the other food scares in the past. Do any of you think the government/Movers and Shakers really care if people get a stomachache or the trots and maybe 3 or 4 die nationwide? Do you know that over 3000 people die of food poison every year in the US mostly because the food is not properly prepared and mostly from eating at home. 3000 out of a population of 360 Million that's like 0.000016%! This food scare stuff sounds like someone's money scheme
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      by To Harry on Jan 3, 2012 at 04:52 PM in reply to Harry
      Well, you go ahead and eat it-but I'm not! When you were growing up, that lettuce farm wasn't controlled by a conglomerate that cared about nothing but profit either. It was owned by a farmer who ate the same produce they sold!
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